Friday,26 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1342, (27 April - 3 May 2017)
Friday,26 April, 2019
Issue 1342, (27 April - 3 May 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Hottest property

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah tops Forbes list of most valuable Arab player

There is no doubt our Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah is certainly one of the best Arab soccer players in the world today and unquestionably one of the most valuable and feared wingers in Serie A. Forbes Middles East just confirmed Salah’s status as an Arab mega star as he topped their list of the most valuable Arab soccer players alongside the magnificent Algerian star Reyad Mehrez, with both players worth $31.6 million according to Transfermarket, a German website which tracks the trade value of players.

Even though Salah and his fans will obviously be delighted to see the Roma star topping the list, we still think Salah would be worth much, much more if he decides to leave Roma in the summer as some rumors indicate. It’s obviously true that Salah is having his best season to date since he left the Egyptian league in 2012 but the most impressive thing about Salah is his consistency and his progress from season to season, unlike Mehrez who’s valued the same amount despite having a relatively poor season with the English champions Leicester City.


Salah’s first season with Roma resulted in 15 goals and 10 assists in 42 games while this season he’s already scored 15 goals and assisted on nine others in 34 games and will undoubtedly add to his tally in Roma’s remaining six league games.

On the contrary, Mehrez’s stats this season versus last season is extremely disappointing. Mehrez scored 18 and assisted on another 11 last season when he guided his team to the most memorable league title in the history of English football. This season he’s only scored nine goals and assisted on four others in 42 games, with four goals and three assists coming in the Champions League where he was more impressive than in the domestic league.

We’re not taking anything away from Mehrez whose achievements and performances last season were second to none and might go down as the best season ever for an Arab player in Europe, but it was the only impressive season in Mehrez’s eight-year career while Salah is getting better and better every single season in terms of stats and performances. The Transfermarket article itself highlighted Salah’s progress and determination to get better each season and made it clear that he is currently the hottest property in Arab football and that he’s ready to play for the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid, given his young age. Salah will turn just 25 in three months.


In third place on the list comes another Algerian star in the form of Islam Silmani who moved to Leicester City at the start of the season but has so far struggled to make an impact. Still, Silmani rated highly in Europe given his superstar status in the Portuguese league where he starred for Sporting Lisbon, scoring 57 goals in just 109 games to earn a big money move to the English champions. Silmani’s eight goals in 24 games is not the worst goal scoring record you’ll see but given his extremely impressive record in Portugal, he was expected to take the English Premier League by storm which unfortunately didn’t happen. Nevertheless, he’s valued at $27 million.


Fourth comes yet another Algerian star. Porto’s Yacine Brahimi is worth $19 million given his superb performances for the Portuguese giants since he moved to the club in 2014 from Granada.

Fifth and last place on the list is taken by the Moroccan star Mehdi Benatia who’s valued at $16 million and who’s on loan at Juventus from Bayern Munich but is unfortunately seeing very little action with the Italian champions given the impeccable form of the Italian duo Bonucci and Chiellini. Benatia is expected to return to the German champions next season and will surely be hoping to be playing and getting back to his best as soon as possible.


We can only hope that all five players will end the season in impressive fashion to increase their trade value in European football if they decide to move clubs, especially our young Pharaoh who just needs just one more goal to better his best scoring record in a season.

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