After three days of presidential elections in Egypt, the current President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, won with 92% of the votes, defeating his only official opponent Moussa Mostafa Moussa. However, it is not Abdel who is attracting the most attention, but Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian was the unexpected choice of around 1 million Egyptians, who crossed out the names of both candidates and wrote the name of the Premier League top scorer on the ballots. In fact, with 5% of the votes, Salah technically defeated Moussa, who won just 3%.
Salah is an idol in Egypt, and the reasons are hardly surprising: firstly, because Salah led the way in sending his team to the World Cup in Russia for the first time in 28 years, when his 94th-minute penalty against Congo clinched qualification.
More than 1 million Egyptians spoiled their ballot paper for the presidential elections – writing Mohamed Salah on the paper instead.
— KickBaller (@thekickballer) March 31, 2018
Besides that, Salah is currently the Premier League top scorer with 29 goals, while also leading the race for the European Golden Boot, ahead of names as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
He also has an impressive record for his country with 33 goals in 55 appearances.
Naturally, news of Salah’s popularity in his country’s elections spread to social media, with a typical array of quirky and comedic antics.
Mohamed Salah's day:
✓ Gets 1 million votes in the Egyptian presidential election.
✓ Scores a late winner for Liverpool
✓ Joins Ronaldo and Van Persie to score in 21 PL matches in a season
✓ Scores 29th PL goal, joint highest by an African
✓ Wins hearts of more fans pic.twitter.com/sbeNiye55W
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) March 31, 2018
In the Egyptian elections, over 1 million people crossed out both candidates and wrote Mohamed Salah…
King Salah ❌
President Salah ✅ pic.twitter.com/G6Xeph8zYu
— BlameFootball (@blamefootball) March 31, 2018
Featured Image: Imad Abdel-Samad, Creative Commons