After scoring the goal which booked Egypt’s place at their first World Cup since 1990, you’d think Mohamed Salah could do no wrong in his homeland.
The 25-year-old has been in sensational form since joining Liverpool from Roma in the summer, with 32 goals to his name in all competitions so far, and will surely be one of the players to watch this summer in Russia.
But back in Egypt, not everyone is entirely happy with the Anfield fans’ favourite.
Egypt's last game in the World Cup qualifiers, only a win will do but they concede a late equalizer.
Focus on Mo Salah, this is what the beautiful game is all about.pic.twitter.com/sk9QNTBU2S
— Football Vines (@FootballVines) March 3, 2018
Salah Montaser, a columnist for state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, has launched a bizarre tirade at the striker urging him to smarten up his appearance before he represents his country at the World Cup.
“Mohamed Salah isn’t just a football player, he became a star with millions of followers,” wrote Montaser in an article published on Sunday.
“A part of being a star is to take care of your talent and the need for a new look in front of his lovers.
“He must shave his thick beard that isn’t suitable for his age or fame. It would barely put him among those extremists, even terrorists or those who sympathise with them at least.
“After that, he must completely reconsider his hairstyle that looks like his barber forgot the way to his hair since years.”
However, it seems Montaser’s views are not shared by many of his fellow Egyptians, a number of whom have criticised the article on social media and urged the haters to leave Salah alone.
So Egypt writers call for Mo Salah to shave his beard, saying it makes him look like a terrorist🙄,and as a result fans reacted angrily to the article on social media saying facial hair is a personal choice and people shouldn't be judged on their appearance which i agree with💯%
— The Lethal Trio🇸🇳'🇧🇷'🇪🇬 (@k_dreads1) March 12, 2018