Fantasy Cricket – 5 Successful Bowler-Fielder Duo

Cricket is all about partnership of the 4 pillars and they are batting, bowling, fielding and wicketkeeping. Another aspect of cricket is the immense support the sport gets from its fans, the fantasy cricket fans.

If one of the pillars weakens, a match becomes tough for a particular team and also for the daily fantasy cricket fans of 11Wickets App for Android/iOS.

In the matches, one combination is deadly and that is the combination of bowlers and fielders. This is the combo which takes your online fantasy cricket scoreboard to new heights.

Look into 5 such influential bowler-fielder duo and create your dream fantasy cricket league to win real cash prizes.

Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh – Australia

Dennis Lillee and the legendary wicket-keeper Rod Marsh of Australia’s were infamously successful and competitive in the test team during 1970s and early 80s. Lillee and Marsh were both wildly successful in their respective roles. The paceman had a total of 355 test wickets and the keeper achieved extraordinary symmetry by recording 355 dismissals of his own (343 catches and 12 stumpings). The 95 wickets which the pair combined for came between 1971 and 1984 and took only 69 matches.

Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist – Australia

This bowler and wicket-keeper combination is one of the most successful in Australian cricket history. Glenn McGrath troubled batsman even on sub-continent tracks. His consistency was unparalleled on a cricket pitch. As his inch-perfect lengths piled on the misery on the opposition. And if there was no Adam Gilchrist behind the stumps then McGrath might not be successful bowler. This partnership picked 90 wickets in 71 test matches from 1999 to 2007.

Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene – Sri Lanka

Cricket fan admires Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene’s on-field chemistry. Both these legends were a part of the golden generation of cricketers for Sri Lankan cricket. The Mahela-Muralitharan partnership was indeed quite special. The duo managed a total of 77 dismissals which is just a fraction of Muralitharan’s 800 scalps.

Makhaya Ntini and Mark Boucher – South Africa

Makhaya Ntini and Mark Boucher played together for the South African team for almost 10 years. It is one of the lesser known partnerships in world cricket. Ntini and Boucher’s wonderful combination accounted for 84 dismissals in just 96 matches. Ntini retired in 2009 after pairing up with Boucher for almost 10 years, accumulating an impressive 390 wickets for South Africa.

Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid – India

The combination of these two Indian cricketers was world famous. We are yet to see another slip field like we have seen Dravid. He also holds the record for most catches taken by a non-wicketkeeper in Test Cricket. Dravid retired with a total of 210 catches in his 164 test matches. The duo managed a total of 55 wickets in 107 matches together.

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Fantasy Football – Record Ronaldo and Messi can Break in 2020

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been rewriting the football history books for over a decade for the fantasy football fans. And as the pair is ar into 2020, they are on the verge of racking up a stack of new milestones.

The iconic duo is hoping to propel their respective teams to Champions League glory during this year while contesting for domestic games in Italy and Spain. And there are new records to be set at club and international level for both players too. These records will help the fantasy premier league fans of 11Wickets App for Android/iOS

Messi’s Barcelona is top of LaLiga by two points. He has scored 11 goals in his last 10 games to step into this year in an optimistic mood. While Ronaldo is in a similar hot streak for Juventus after netting five in his last four Serie A outings.

Let us take a look at their records and what the new year is bringing for then and of course their fantasy football league fans from around the world. Just have a look below and play fantasy football games with these legends in your team.

RONALDO: Most European Cup wins

Ronaldo won his fifth Champions League when Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the 2018 final. If he can inspire Juventus to glory in 2020, he will have won Europe’s top competition as many times as current record holder Francisco Gento, who won six between 1956 and 1966 for Real Madrid.

MESSI: Top goal-scorer for a single team

Messi is 26 goals away from eclipsing Pele’s club goals record of 643, which the Brazil legend is said to have scored for Santos. Record-keeping has become more accurate since Pele’s day, and Messi is set to hit a new high that will take some beating.

RONALDO: All-time top European Championship goal-scorer

Ronaldo has scored nine goals for Portugal at the four European Championships where he has represented his country, putting him level with Michel Platini as the competition’s leading scorer. If he can find the net in 2020’s tournament, he will become the leading Euros marksman of all time.

MESSI: Seven Ballon d’Or wins

Ronaldo did not attend the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in 2019 to see Messi claim a record sixth gong, and if the Barca star wins again in 2020 it is hard to see Ronaldo, who has won the award five times, ever catching him.

RONALDO: All-time international top-scorer

Ronaldo will be going all guns blazing for Portugal this year as he attempts to add to his 99 international goals and succeed Ali Daei, who scored 109 for Iran, as the top international marksman of all time.

MESSI AND RONALDO: Most Champions League hat-tricks

Messi and Ronaldo have scored eight hat-tricks each in the Champions League – more than any other player to have graced the competition – and if either can notch another in 2020, they could claim bragging rights for some time to come.

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Fantasy Cricket – Rare Facts of the Sport for Fans

Are you a super fan of cricket? Do you play online fantasy cricket games? Here are some amazing and interesting cricket facts that you must know whether you are a cricket fan or play fantasy cricket. Some facts are so amazing that you will be astonished like hell after reading them. And some will force you to think hundred times that could it be possible.

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Century in debut match

Gundappa Vishwanath, Mohammed Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan are the 5 Indian Cricketers to score a century in their debut match.

Dismissed twice in a single day of a test match.

Indian Cricket team is the one and only team who hold the record of getting dismissed twice during a single day in a test match.

The curious case of ‘it will never happen again’

After claiming Sachin’s wicket, Brad Hogg asked him to sign a photograph of the dismissal. Sachin signed and wrote ‘it will never happen again’. And it never did.

Marriage became record hindrance

Bhausaheb Nimbalkar could not break the world record of 452 runs scored by Bradman because he had to go for his marriage. Actually, he had made 432 runs before the final day and he had to go for his marriage on the last day. So, he could not break the record.

Six dismissals in single match

M.S. Dhoni holds the world record of 6 dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a single match. He made this record in 2007 against England.

Playing for Pakistan

Sachin Tendulkar played for Pakistan before India.  It was an exhibition match between the two countries in 1987 and he came in as a substitute fielder for Pakistan.

Centuries ending with 19

The highest scores by Virender Sehwag are 119, 219 and 319 in T20, ODI and test matches respectively.

Sir Don Bradman & hit-wicket dismissal

Lala Amarnath is the only bowler in the world to dismiss the great Sir Don Bradman hit-wicket in Test cricket.

More wickets than runs

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar is the only cricketer in Indian History who has record of taking more wickets than making runs in his career. He took 242 wickets and made only 177 runs in his test career.

No century outside Asia

M.S. Dhoni has not scored any century outside Asia in his career.

The first team to host & win World Cup

In 2011, India became the first team to win the World Cup as hosts of the final match.

Four consecutive Man-of-the-Match

Sourav Ganguly is the only player to win four consecutive Man-of-the-Match awards in ODIs.

Three centuries in first three test

Mohammad Azharuddin is the only batsman to score three centuries in the first three test matches.

Shahid Afridi used Tendulkar’s bat

Shahid Afridi used the bat of Sachin Tendulkar to hit the fastest ODI century of his career.

Batting all five days of test

Ravi Shastri is the only Indian Cricketer to have batted on all five days of a test match.

Stumping out Sir Donald Bradman

Prabir Sen is the only Indian wicket-keeper in the history to stump out Sir Donald Bradman of Australia.

Playing for India and England

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, grandfather of Saif Ali Khan, was the only Indian Cricketer to have played for two countries. He played for both India and England.

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Fantasy Football – The Soccer Hero Lionel Messi

It is true that a fantasy football team isn’t the same without Lionel Messi in that team! He is regarded by many as one of the football greats of all times. This is not without reason.

Having an incredible football record especially with FC Barcelona, the relation between this Argentine Superstar and the legendary football club has indeed been a very long and special one. Not only with the club, Messi has special connection with fantasy premier league football fans of fantasy app, 11Wickets.

So, he is definitely one of the most loved and followed football star of all times. In case you are a true Messi fan, know about him, what you don’t know. Play fantasy football league choosing him for your next.

He chose the biggest club to score his 500th Goal

With the long relationship that Lionel Messi has had with FC Barcelona it was only inevitable that he would choose the club to score his goal number 500. This is a truly incredible feat indeed. This little genius reached the landmark with a last-minute winner in a 3-2 victory over arch rivals Real Madrid.

Messi has scored in 317 different Barcelona games

This amazing statistic only goes to show that once Messi strikes in a game, Barcelona have a chance of 87% to win that game. So this is why he has been so effective for the club.

Of the 500 Barca Goals Messi has scored 42 of them have been set up by Dani Alves

The former Barca right full back has been the perfect man to assist the little master in many of the goals he has scored for Barcelona.

Messi has scored most goals against Sevilla

When it comes to goals scoring Messi has scored 29 times against Sevilla, 27 times against Atletico Madrid and 24 times against Valencia.

Under football manager Tito Vilanova Messi has had the best record

Under the late Tito Vilanova who was in charge from 2012- 2013 Messi scored 60 goals in 50 games. This averages of about 1.2 goals per match. This is quite remarkable for any football striker.

Messi has scored 37 ha tricks for Barcelona

In this it also includes the four 4 goal hauls and in one game he scored 5 times against Bayer Leverkusen in the year 2012. Thus, 117 of the goals have come just in the form of hattricks. This is an enviable record by any standard for any football striker.

Messi scored 21 times against Diego Alves

It is true that no goal keeper in the world no matter how great would enjoying defending his goal against super striker Lionel Messi. Thus, Goal Keeper Diego Alves Messi must be very sick at the very sight of him. The fact that the little football genius has scored 21 times past him has made things most dreadful.

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Fantasy Cricket – Most Catches in an Innings of ODI

If a team’s fielding performance is excellent, the team can win a match and you can win fantasy cricket games at 11wickets App.

Haven’t you witnessed any daily fantasy cricket match where the fielder of one cricket team and performed better than they have performed while batting and yet their good fielding has saved them from losing a match.

We hope to witness this sort of thrilling cricket match soon and play fantasy cricket with the same excitement.

Let’s make a list of those players who have taken maximum catches in one inning of an ODI match. Read on:

JN Rhodes – South Africa

Jonty Rhodes, the legendary South African batsman who was also known as one of the greatest fielder in the world of cricket, played in test cricket and ODI matches from 1992 to 2003. In the 4th Match of C.A.B. Jubilee Tournament (Hero Cup) at Mumbai on November 14 1993, playing against West Indies, Rhodes took 5 catches. South African team won that match by 41 runs.

Saleem Malik – Pakistan

The Pakistani cricketer and a right-handed middle order batsman for the team, Saleem Malik records of taking 4 catches in one innings. The match was against New Zealand, 3rd ODI during the New Zealand tour of Pakistan at Sialkot on December 2 1984. However, in spite of all good performance of Malik, New Zealand won the match by 34 runs.

SM Gavaskar – India

One of the greatest opening batsmen of all time and surely the most successful, Sunil Gavaskar is the third in our list. Playing against Pakistan, Gavaskar took 4 catches in the 1st Match of Rothmans Four-Nations Cup at Sharjah on March 22 1985. India won the match by 38 runs.

RB Richardson – West Indies

Sir Richie Richardson is the former cricketer and captain of the West Indies cricket team. While playing against England in the 1st ODI during West Indies tour of England at Birmingham on May 23 1991, Richardson took 4 catches. But England won the match by 1 wicket, with 32 balls remaining.

KC Wessels – South Africa

Kepler Wessels played for South African team. While playing against West Indies, he took 4 catches in the 1st ODI during South African tour of West Indies at Kingston on April 7 1992. West Indies won the match by 107 runs.

MA Taylor – Australia

Mark Taylor, the masterful former opening batsman of Australian team, has the record of taking 4 catches in an innings. He was playing against West Indies in the 3rd Match of Benson & Hedges World Series at Sydney on December 8 1992. Australian team won that match by 14 runs.

*Records have been compiled as on December 31, 2019

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Fantasy Cricket Trivia – 13 Interesting Women Cricket Facts

Women’s Cricket has given us some of the best players from around the world, whom we can select in our fantasy cricket team. Many of the players have achieved something in their cricket career.

There are many unknown but interesting facts about the Women’s cricket players. You as the online fantasy cricket fans will be surprised to know of the achievements of women involved in the sport. They have made the entire world proud with their accomplishments, especially proven to those people who cannot see that men and women are equals.

We have compiled some of the unnoticed Women’s Cricket Facts, just to enlighten ourselves towards this format and play the next daily fantasy cricket match at 11wickets App that involves women players well.

First women’s cricket match

The very first Women’s cricket match was traced in 1745, between Bramley and Hambledon in Surrey, England.  The match was viewed by large number of spectators.

First double hundred by women

The first double hundred in international was scored by a woman. Belinda Clark former cricket player from Australia (1991 to 2005) has set this record and is inducted into ICC’s hall of fame.

Women’s World Cup

Women’s World Cup is two years older than Men’s World Cup. The first world cup was held in England, and won by the hosts in a one-sided final against Australia.

First official women’s cricket

The first official women’s cricket was played in 1934, and it took 40 years to start women’s cricket in India.

India in Asia Cup

The Indian women cricket team won their first Asia Cup in 2004. They subsequently won 3 more Asia Cups.

Youngest women player

Pakistan’s Sajjida Shah is the youngest player to appear in international cricket, playing against Ireland at the age of 12. She also holds the record for the best bowling figures in a one-day international, taking 7 wickets for just 4 runs against Japan.

Safety comes first

Like men women’s delicate parts need protection too. Women players also wear abdomen protector. The female version has a kit with box, cup and abdomen guard.

The curious case of batter

The right term for a woman player in field who is in main role with bat is not a ‘batsman’ or ‘batswoman’ but ‘a batter.’ Commentators often use the term batsman.

First double century in cricket came from women

Sachin Tendulkar is not the first cricketer to score a Double-century in a One-Day International. Belinda Jane Clark of Australia is the first cricketer to score a Double-century. She scored 229* against Denmark in 1998, which was unbeaten till 2018.

Highest score in women’s ODI cricket for India

Jaya Sharma’s 138* against Pakistan in 2006 is the highest score in women’s ODI cricket in India.

Indian best innings bowling

Neetu David from India has the best innings bowling analysis in women’s Test matches, having taken 8 for 53 against England.

400 plus runs in women’s ODI

New Zealand women’s cricket team holds the record of scoring 400 plus runs in all the three ODIs of a series. They played against Irish women’s cricket team and scored 491/4, 418 and 440/3 runs.

Highest team totals

The top 4 highest team totals in Women’s ODIs are by New Zealand Women’s Cricket Team.

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Fantasy Football – A Few Tips for the Beginners

Among the many online sports available these days, fantasy football is the definitely the most exciting to play. There are a lot of variations to play too, but whichever you prefer to choose you will have a lot of fun playing these games.

One thing you should never forget is that fantasy premier league games are very competitive. While there are plenty of prizes to be won, getting to the top of the scoreboard leaving your fantasy football league teammates of 11Wickets App is pretty challenging task.

To play fantasy football league games is certainly overwhelming in the starting. To help you get started, we have a few points, which will give you a boost and help you in making fantasy teams.

Don’t just rely on the last game performance of the player

Perhaps the player you are pondering upon and confused to take on your fantasy football team hasn’t performed well in the last two games. However, he had performed well in the games previous to the last two ones. Chance will be there that he will make a comeback in the game you are playing. Give him a shot just.

Budget sensibly and think about your credits

At 11Wickets App, you get 100 points to choose your team of 11 players. You need to divide your 100 points wisely so that you can take 11 players and make a perfect team. Properly budget your bankroll. Do not spend heavily on the big leagues with heavy entry fees during the high voltage matches. We are not talking about the experts here, when you are a beginner and mid-level fantasy team maker take slow steps to win at the big matches. Spending big at one go and by chance losing hurts. Hence, budget and start slowly.

Have fun

Whether you are an expert of fantasy football games or a new one, have fun playing these games. Do not solely focus on winning cash prizes, enjoy the game you are taking part in. Playing online fantasy football games without enjoying it to the core doesn’t have any significance. These games are a fun way to put forth your football knowledge amongst through your games.

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Fantasy Football – Amazingly Longest Football Goals

In the history of football, there have been some truly astonishing goals scored by the talent football players around the world. So, with 11Wickets App for the fantasy football fans, we have rounded up some of the longest football goals.

Read about these footballers before you pick your fantasy premier league football team online for the next football match, play and win matches.

Asmir Begović (100.5 yards)

The match between Stoke City and Southampton ended in a tie, but it was a tie no one would ever forget. Stoke City’s goalkeeper Asmir Begović shocked us all when he scored from a long goal kick. The goal that no one saw coming earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest goal scored in football at 91.9 meters – which is the equivalent of 100.5 yards or 301 feet, 6 inches.

Matías Dituro (est. 95-100 yards)

Goalkeeper Matías Dituro ended the game with a bang by scoring this long goal from his own penalty area in the 95th minute. The final score was 3-1. While this goal was not officially measured, we estimate its distance at around 100 yards.

Tim Howard (est. 95-100 yards)

Tim Howard’s near-100-yard free kick against Bolton Wanderers earned him a spot on the list of goalkeepers who have scored from a far. Howard has referred to his goal as “cruel” and refused to celebrate out of sympathy against the opposing team’s goalkeeper, Adam Bogadan.

Andy Lonergan (est. 95-100 yards)

Andy Lonergan found the back of the net after scrambling to find open players out on the field. Beautiful punt on his side, terrible goalkeeping on the other side.

Mohd Syamsuri Mustafa (est. 95-100 yards)

From one goal post to another. Malaysia’s keeper, Mohd Syamsuri Mustafa, punted the ball over everyone’s heads and it bounced right into the back of the net.

David Bingham (est. 90-95 yards)

Those who showed up for a midweek friendly left with one memorable experience. San Jose Earthquakes backup goalkeeper David Bingham proved himself by showing everyone that goalkeepers can score too. This stunning goal started from a punt about 90 yards out and ended with nothing but excitement and cheer.

Paul Robinson (est. 80 yards)

Tottenham’s goalkeeper Paul Robinson added a 80-yard goal to his career after scoring his first-ever goal off a free kick against Watford. His first goal was for Leeds United when he headed in a goal against Swindon Town in a League Cup tie.

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Fantasy Football – Tale of Fouls in Football Games

Football has been the most popular sport around the world with a never stopping craze of fantasy football fans. Whether it is a tournament of India or any other nation, the sport brings ultimate excitement and thrill for the fans who gets involved with the sport creating their perfect fantasy premier league dream team at 11Wickets App.

There are many rules and regulations of the sport which are followed by the teams and in many cases by the fantasy football league fans.

When the football is in play, and an offence occurs according to the laws, the referee can consider the offense as a Foul in football.

Direct and indirect free kicks and penalty kicks are awarded for offences committed when the ball is in play by the referee.

We have listed down conditions for a direct and indirect free kick below, based on the severity, and type of offense a caution can be shown to a player, with the color of card depending on the offense.

Direct Free Kick

  1. A direct free kick is awarded if a player commits any of the following offences against an opponent in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:
  2. Charges at the opponent
  3. Jumps at the opponent
  4. Kicks or attempts to kick
  5. Pushes the players from opponent team
  6. Strikes or attempts to strike (including head-butt)
  7. Tackles or challenges
  8. Trips or attempts to trip If an offence involves contact it is penalized by a direct free kick or penalty kick
  9. Careless is when a player shows a lack of attention or consideration when making a challenge or acts without precaution. No disciplinary sanction is needed
  10. Reckless is when a player acts with disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, an opponent and must be cautioned

Using excessive force is when a player exceeds the necessary use of force and/or endangers the safety of an opponent and must be sent off Fouls and Misconduct 98 A direct free kick is awarded if a player commits any of the following offences:

  1. Handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within their penalty area)
  2. Holds an opponent
  3. Impedes an opponent with contact
  4. Spits at an opponent
  5. Indirect Free Kick

An indirect free kick is awarded if a player:

  1. Plays in a dangerous manner
  2. Impedes the progress of an opponent without any contact being made
  3. A player is guilty of dissent, using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures or other verbal offences
  4. Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from the hands or kicks or attempts to kick the ball when the goalkeeper is in the process of releasing it
  5. Commits any other offence, not mentioned in the Laws, for which play is stopped to caution or send off a player

An indirect free kick is awarded if a goalkeeper, inside their penalty area, commits any of the following offences:

  1. Controls the ball with the hands for more than six seconds before releasing it
  2. Touches the ball with the hands after releasing it and before it has touched another player
  3. It has been deliberately kicked to the goalkeeper by a team-mate
  4. Receiving it directly from a throw-in taken by a team-mate A goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball when:
  5. The ball is between the hands or between the hand and any surface (e.g. ground, own body) or by touching it with any part of the hands or arms except if the ball rebounds accidentally from the goalkeeper or the goalkeeper has made a save
  6. Holding the ball in the outstretched open hand
  7. Bouncing it on the ground or throwing it in the air

A goalkeeper cannot be challenged by an opponent when in control of the ball with the hands.

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Fantasy Football – The Incredible Mohamed Salah

Whether you have never played fantasy football before or you are a fantasy guru, Mohamed Salah, the superstar of Liverpool Football Club, is one of your best picks for fantasy team at 11Wickets App.

Egyptian International and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is one of the gems in the world of soccer and fantasy premier league games.

Scoring goals is constantly on Salah’s mind which has led to his becoming the fastest player in Liverpool history. Selecting him on the fantasy football team almost leads to the win of the dream team.

Let us know the life of this superstar to know him better before we pick him for another fantasy football league game.

Childhood & Early Life

Mohamed Salah was born on June 15, 1992, in Nagrig, Gharbia, Egypt, to average middle-class parents. Mohamed wasn’t good at academics, which worried his parents. Mohamed tried finding the right balance between his academics and football but he could never improve his academics. Football remained his priority all through his childhood and teenage days.

When he wasn’t playing, he was watching football on television. Among his early idols were some Arabic players. His parents wanted a conventional career for him, but unaffected by his parents’ wishes, Salah kept himself completely engrossed in football.

At first, Salah played football just for fun, but he started taking it as a serious career opportunity when he joined a local youth club ‘El Mokawloon’ in Cairo. It was far away from his hometown and he had to change five buses to reach the academy, which further harmed his academics, but his passion for the game kept him focussed.

In May 2010, at the age of 18, he was finally accepted into the senior team of his club. At first, Salah mostly played as a substitute player but eventually, as his game improved, he became a regular forward in the team. Around 2012, the ‘Egyptian Premier League’ faced a shut down and the fate of many of its players became uncertain.

Career Graph of Mo Salah

Creating his own league

When the ‘Port Said Stadium Disaster’ threatened the existence of the ‘Egyptian Premier League,’ Swiss club ‘Basel’ offered him a contract. In April 2012, signed a four-year contract with Basel. He made his ‘UEFA Championship League’ debut in the same year and in the ‘Europa League’, and scored on many crucial occasions to help his team reach the semi-finals, where they eventually lost.

Crucial role in Swiss Super League

Salah played an important role in Basel’s 2012-13 ‘Swiss Super League Championship’ victory, and a great performance in the Swiss Cup, where they finished runners up. In the beginning of the next season, Salah was part of the Basel squad that won the ‘Uhren Cup.’

Playing for Chelsea

He performed very well against Chelsea in two matches within a few weeks, which made the club interested in him. In January 2014, he joined Chelsea.

In February 2014, Salah debuted for Chelsea in the ‘Premier League’ against ‘Newcastle United’ and scored his first goal against Arsenal in March. Before the beginning of the 2014-15 season, it was reported that Salah could go back to Egypt to complete his mandatory military training, but as it turned out, Salah had met the Egyptian Prime Minister and got himself exempted.

Loan to Florentina

In February 2015, Chelsea loaned him to Italian club ‘Fiorentina,’ which was valid until the end of 2015-16 season. On February 14, he made his debut for the club, and at the end of the season, Salah showed his reluctance to join ‘Fiorentina’ back. He was interested in joining another Serie A team ‘A.S. Roma’ instead.

Transferred to Roma

In August 2015, he transferred to ‘Roma’ on loan. In September 2015, ‘Fiorentina,’ miffed with Chelsea’s breach of contract, filed a case, but it was later settled and Salah stayed with ‘Roma.’

By the end of his first season for ‘Roma,’ Salah emerged out as the ‘Best Player’ of the Season and also the top scorer with 15 goals. In 2016, Roma’s management approached him for a permanent deal and he agreed to it. Despite signing a long-term deal with ‘Roma,’ Salah couldn’t resist an offer by ‘Liverpool’ in 2017.

Long-term contract with Liverpool

In June 2017, Salah agreed to a long-term contract with Liverpool for 50 million Pound, which was a club record. He, thus, became Liverpool’s first ever Egyptian player and scored in his debut match against ‘Watford.’ He was named as ‘Player of the Month’ for August by Liverpool fans.

Egyptian Messi’s games

In one of his matches against ‘Watford,’ he scored 4 goals to secure a 5-0 victory for his team. This was his first hat-trick for ‘Liverpool’ and by the end of the season, he emerged as the leading goal-scorer with 36 goals.

He has represented the Egyptian junior teams in U-20 and U-23 teams in 11 games, including the 2011 ‘FIFA U-20 World Cup’ and 2012 ‘Summer Olympics.’ He eventually became a part of the Egyptian national team and played with the team in the 2014 ‘World Cup’ qualifiers, where he scored in almost all games to get his team to the final stages.

In the 2017 ‘Africa Cup of Nations,’ he turned out as one of the leading goal scorers and helped his team to the finals. He also earned a place in ‘CAF Team of the Tournament.’ During the 2018 ‘FIFA World Cup Qualifications,’ he was the top scorer for his team with five goals.

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