Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has revealed Roma legend Francesco Totti and Brazilian icon Ronaldo were his footballing heroes growing up.
Salah is enjoying an emphatic debut campaign at Anfield and has channelled his inner Totti and Ronaldo to score 43 goals in all competitions.
The Egyptian even had the chance to play alongside Totti during his brief stint in Rome between 2015 and 2017 and has hailed the Italian veteran’s quality.
When asked about his childhood idols, the 25-year-old told CNN’s Inside the Middle East: ‘I say before many times, the Brazilian Ronaldo and Totti.
‘He’s unbelievable, he’s quality. As a person too he’s quality.
‘He’s calm, great, very quiet and the confidence about him. I learnt a lot from him.’
Totti scored 307 goals in a staggering 786 games for the Italian giants during a 25-year playing career.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, was one of the most clinical strikers in world football and enjoyed sublime goal scoring records at PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Salah has been emphatic on Merseyside so far and helped fire Liverpool to the Champions League final with Jurgen Klopp’s side set to face Real Madrid in Kiev later this month.