Salah’s football boots in British Museum
Mo Salah’s stunning season for Liverpool has seen a pair of his boots added to the world famous Egyptian collection at the British Museum.
Salah has reached national treasure status in his native Egypt after his brilliant 44 goal return in his first season at Anfield.
The Liverpool striker will lead his country’s challenge at the World Cup this summer on the back of winning the Premier League golden boot and being named PFA and Football Writers’ Association player of the year.
Now the 25-year-old’s impact has been recognised even further, with a pair of his adidas X17 Deadly Strike boots being added to the historical collection on display at the British museum.
They will be on display among the biggest collection of Egyptian objects outside of Egypt, including the Rosetta Stone, an ancient decree issued during the Ptolemaic dynasty in 196BC.
Also in the collection is a 5, 000-year-old sand-dried mummy, wall paintings from the tomb of Nabamun and sculptures of Rameses the Great.
The boots will first go on display next week at the London museum, in the build up to Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Neal Spencer, Keeper of Ancient Egypt and Sudan said: “This acquisition brings the British Museum’s world-famous Egyptian collection right up to date. The boots tell a story of a modern Egyptian icon, performing in the UK, with a truly global impact. Displayed amidst the statues of ancient pharaohs, we now show the boots with which Mo Salah won the Golden Boot for Liverpool. Salah will shortly lead his national team, known as The Pharaohs, to the World Cup Finals. This acquisition builds on our recent project to acquire objects to tell the story of day-to-day life in 20th and 21st century Egypt. From sport, to entertainment, worldwide trade to design, this collection is now accessible to all – like those from other periods of Egypt’s rich history.”
Salah has made a huge impact at Liverpool since he made the move to Merseyside in a £34 million move from Roma last summer.
He scored 44 goals in all competitions last season – including a 32 goal haul in the Premier League, a record for one player in a 38-game season.
Salah also played a key role in leading Egypt to the World Cup finals, and he will lead the Pharaohs in Russia next month as a superstar in his home country./SunSport