Mohamed Salah’s third goal celebration against Leeds was for Moamen Zakaria

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Mohamed Salah dedicated his third goal in Liverpool’s 4-3 win over newly-promoted Leeds United, to his countryman and former teammate Moamen Zakaria.

On Saturday when the Premier League resumes the 2020-2021 season, the reigning champions of the league, Liverpool met with Leeds in a thrilling league opener. Asides the fact that Leeds gave Liverpool a good run for their money, the club’s talisman Mohamed Salah celebrated in a different way.

Mo Salah is known for a variety of celebrations especially going on his knee and nodding his head on the pitch when he scores but on Saturday, he decided to close his two ears with his both hands and raise out his tongue when he scored Liverpool’s winning goal from the penalty spot in the 88th minute. He didn’t stop there, the Egypt international did the upside-down peace sign which signifies 8 in Arabic.

Watch Mohamed Salah’s third goal celebration for Moamen Zakaria below

Though Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick, most fans have been more vocal about the celebration which led Futballnews to investigate the reason behind it. In the end, it was discovered that the Egyptian celebration was in honor of Moamen Zakaria, a 32-year-old Egypt footballer who has been playing for an Egyptian club Al Ahly since 2015.

The football star who last played for Egypt national team in 2018 has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. The jersey number of Moamen Zakaria has been 8 in most parts of his football career.

Zakaria and Mohamed Salah are not known to be very close friends. The closest moments they have spent together was during their time in Egypt’s national team duties. That lasted until 2018 when Zakaria couldn’t keep up with national team demands.

Mohamed Salah and Moamen Zakaria
Mohamed Salah and Moamen Zakaria

Recently, Al Ahly players decided to honor the attacking midfielder by standing around him to imitate his celebration gesture. Zakaria took to his verified Twitter handle to thank the club for their support as he bows out of football.

He wrote in Arabic: “I thank the club management and the game: I lived with you the happiest and sweetest day in my life nearly two years ago … and I extend my heartfelt thanks to my beloved Republic.”

Before the disease forced him out of football, Moamen Zakaria has won one Egyptian Premier League and two Egypt Cup with Zamalek. He has also won two Egyptian Premier League, one Egypt Cup, and two Egyptian Super Cup with Al Ahly.

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