On June 1, 2019, international Egypt scored for the Merseyside club from the penalty spot in the second minute, with Divock Origi doubling the lead late to end the sixth European Cup win with a 2-0 win.
After being attacked by the rest of his teammates to celebrate, Salah looked down the barrel of one of the many cameras in the Wanda Metropolitano stadium for his special celebration.
He turned his fingers in front of his face before placing one on each side of his nose as he stuck out his tongue.
When one of the girls asked what her favorite celebration was, Salah turned to Makka and asked her, “Do you know how we celebrated in the final? When did I score the goal?” In response, the five-year-old boy perfectly reproduced the celebration of Salah.
“You’ll find him in the Champions League final, where Makka told me before the game to make this move / score if I scored, so that’s why I did it,” said the 27-year-old.
‘I am happy that the girls in Egypt have started taking the right to play football’
Salah says her daughter “loves to play football”.
He added that Makka “hasn’t been to any club yet”, but as a long-term advocate for women’s rights in the Middle East, it’s something she would like to embrace.
“First of all, we have to accept that there is a problem. I know it is very difficult to accept it. But 100% of the problem is happening deeper and deeper.
“And secondly, my opinion is that the woman has the right to talk about anything she doesn’t like. I’m talking about myself; I want when my daughter has a problem, it must feel like a support from me for come to talk to me about the problem. The most important thing is fear.
“The woman, the wife, the fear of her husband, of her father, which is the main point, I think. Fear is not healthy for anyone … We have to fix it.”
And after being asked a girl in the online interview for his advice on how to become a good player, the Liverpool striker offered encouragement to girls all over the world.
“There is nothing specific that I would be able to tell you that will make you a good player, but if you have a dream you want to fulfill, be sure that you will make it true – the thing that will push you forward.
“So if you want to grow up and become a footballer, it will be difficult and in some communities it may be a little complicated for people to accept a girl to play football, but as long as you have a dream you want to make it happen, keep it and work on it and I am sure that you will make it.
“I’m just happy that the Egyptian girls have started taking their right to play football. Each of you has a dream; keep holding it back and be sure you will make it.”
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