Considered the best African soccer player of the last five years, Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian striker for Liverpool, has also distinguished himself by his generosity.
After the tragic fire of the Abu Sefein church, located in the popular district of Imbaba in Cairo (Egypt), which cost the lives of 41 people, Mohamed Salah made a donation of 130,000 pounds (nearly $155,000) to help rebuild the building.
This is not the first time that the Liverpool striker has shown remarkable generosity, reports The Sun (among other English and Egyptian media). In 2019, he donated approximately 2.9 million dollars (2.48 million pounds) to the Egyptian National Cancer Institute after a terrorist attack killed 20 people. He had also given more than half a million dollars to fund equipment at an Egyptian hospital for children with cancer.
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he was photographed paying for fuel for everyone at a gas station in Liverpool where he had gone to tank up his own car. In June, the Sunday Times ranked Mohamed Salah as the eighth most charitable person in the UK.
In 2018, CNN billed him as “the kindest footballer” and recounted several incidents, including one that calls to mind Les Miserables: A man burgled his family home in Egypt, and Salah convinced his family to drop charges against the perpetrator, choosing instead to give him some money to “try and get back on his feet” and trying to help him find a job. The article cites other acts of kindness and donations to fans, the homeless, the sick, and charitable organizations.
The world needs more men and women who are champions not only in their profession, but in doing good for others.