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Mohamed Salah Received Write-in Votes During Egyptian Presidential Election

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2018

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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More than one million voters in the recent Egyptian presidential election spoiled their ballot papers, and some of those who did wrote in the name of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah instead.

As reported by the Economist, while the election was eventually won by Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who picked up 92 per cent of the vote ahead of his opponent Moussa Mustafa Moussa, it's noted a number of people crossed out both names in favour of the Egyptian international footballer.

"By Friday afternoon, state media had stopped reporting on the ruined ballots and credited Mr Sisi with winning 97 per cent of the valid vote," the piece continued.

The votes for Salah are a mark of his popularity in his homeland, with the Liverpool man enjoying a blistering debut season in the Premier League.

After his switch from AS Roma in the summer, the forward has scored 28 Premier League goals in 30 appearances and has been vital to the Reds progressing into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

In addition to his heroics in the Liverpool shirt, Salah also netted a last-gasp penalty for his country against Congo in October that sent the team to their first FIFA World Cup in 28 years.

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It was a goal that meant a lot to many of his compatriots:

As is evident below, it's clear there are big hopes for Salah in Egypt ahead of the summer's showpiece in Russia:

Before that competition, the Reds have an exciting end to the season to negotiate, as they chase glory in the Champions League. Salah is set to be a key man when Liverpool meet domestic rivals Manchester City in a tantalising quarter-final clash, with the first leg at Anfield on Wednesday.

Additionally, Liverpool will also be aiming to finish in one of the three spots behind Manchester City in the Premier League table and earn a berth in Europe's premier competition next season. Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea will all provide stiff competition to Salah and Co., though.

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