Just like Ronaldo: Confusion over Mo Salah and Egypt’s line-up

Out – then in

It was supposed to be the World Cup of his dreams.

Mo Salah scored a penalty that saw 100 million Egyptians elevate him to hero status for getting them to Russia 2018, but after a nightmare Champions League final injury and doubts over his fitness when it came to the national team this summer, Salah’s World Cup has gone from bad to worse.

Over the last couple of days, there have even been rumours the player could retire from international duty after feeling manipulated by the Egyptian FA and government – and photos circulating of Salah with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov have caused a huge amount of uproar, with the issue of football and politics mixing once again rearing its head.

There were even rumblings pre-World Cup that Salah and his camp weren’t happy with the Egyptian federation, and tweets from his agent, Salah and the football federation made headlines.

Now, people are claiming he’s being used as a political pawn, and has simply had enough. Others are claiming there’s no issue and he’s dedicated to his country – but after being left out of their line-up for their final group stage game, and then included minutes after, the plot has thickened.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – MARCH 23: Egyptian fans with banner of Salah during the International Friendly between Portugal and Egypt at the Letzigrund Stadium on March 23, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images)

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