Stephan El Shaarawy: Everything You Need to Know About AC Milan's Little Pharaoh

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Stephan El Shaarawy: Everything You Need to Know About AC Milan's Little Pharaoh
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Stephan El Shaarawy turned 20 in October.

He has single-handedly resurrected one of the most well-known European clubs this season, and he's a member of Italy's national team. 

You starting to get the picture?

He's called "little pharaoh" or "Il Faraone," a nickname given to him by fans because of his Egyptian heritage.

He joined Genoa when he was 13 and debuted for them at 16. At 17 he spent the season on loan with Padova in Serie B. When he was 18, Milan decided to bring him aboard. 

It's a good thing they did.

He is leading all of Serie A this season in scoring with 14 goals in 17 games. That's 44 percent of AC Milan's 32 total goals. 

He's been awarded man-of-the-match honors in six games in Serie A.

In six Champions League appearances, he has two goals and one assist. He even had a goal in an international friendly against France.

Not too shabby for someone just getting started. 

The thing about El Shaarawy is once you see him, you never forget him. His distinct haircut is instantly recognizable, although Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi would prefer he do away with it.

More important than his hair are his precision with the ball and drive while playing the game. He has been the right man at the right time for Milan. For Italians everywhere, he represents the hope that the country's next crop of giocatori di calcio will once again bring back a World Cup to Italy.

Only time will tell. If you want to get to know El Shaarawy even more, take a look at some of his highlights from this season with AC Milan.

You won't be disappointed.

Whether you're a fan of Italian calcio or not, El Shaarawy's meteoric rise is worth keeping an eye on.

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