Mohamed Salah's Life Story Is One Of The Most Inspirational Stories You'll Ever Read
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"For five days a week, every week for three or four years, I would make this journey. I was leaving at 9am in the morning, then I would arrive at the training ground at 2pm or 2.30pm. Training was always at 3.30pm or 4pm. I would finish training at say 6pm, then I'd go home and arrive at 10pm or 10.30pm. Then it was eat, sleep and then the day after the same thing."
In an exclusive interview with Liverpool's official website, the unstoppable Mohamed Salah has spoken about the incredible sacrifices he made as a young man.
A story that gives you a real insight his extremely difficult, but rewarding journey in the beautiful game.
It was a privilege to interview @22mosalah and put this together to tell some of the story of his incredible career so far.- James Carroll (@James_Carroll84) December 18, 2017
'The Mohamed Salah story: In his own words' is now live here: https://t.co/up5MjBjnbM pic.twitter.com/epbcDHmvAA
Salah revealed that he used to start his daily trip to training at 9am in the morning and would get home at around 10:30pm, taking at least 5 buses to get to his destination.
"I had originally been playing for a club that was half an hour away from my village in Basyoun," he told Liverpool's official website.
Then I signed for a club in Tanta, which was one-and-a-half hours away. From there, I went to Arab Contractors in Cairo, so it was a four to four-and-a-half-hour journey five days a week to get to training.
I was having to leave school early to travel to training. I would go in from 7am until 9am and then I had an official paper to give to my club to say, 'Mo can leave school early so he can reach the club at 2pm to train.
So I was only at school for two hours a day during that time. Now, everything would be difficult if I was not a footballer, I think!
For five days a week, every week for three or four years, I would make this journey. I was leaving at 9am in the morning, then I would arrive at the training ground at 2pm or 2.30pm. Training was always at 3.30pm or 4pm. I would finish training at say 6pm, then I'd go home and arrive at 10pm or 10.30pm. Then it was eat, sleep and then the day after the same thing.
And it wasn't just taking one bus - I'd have to transfer buses three, four or even sometimes five times just to arrive at training and then back home again."
From being awarded the African Footballer of the Year award to being named the Premier League Player of the Month for November, the Egyptian's return to England has been one of the stand out moments in 2017/18 so far.
And Salah's dream to become one of the best was born at a young age, as he explains in the interview:
"As I said, it was a difficult time, but I was young and I wanted to be a footballer. I wanted to be a big name. I wanted to be something special." he said
"I cannot promise you that it was clear to me what I would become and I was like, 'I will be something special'. No, it was not like this. I was coming from nothing, a 14-year-old kid with a dream. I didn't know it would happen, I just wanted it to happen so badly."
What a journey it has been!