FIFA World Cup 2018: Mohamed Salah's lookalike wants to work like the Egyptian
"It's the real shirt, bought from an official supplier," he said proudly from his small house. Passionate about football since his was little, Ali made it onto the 'B' team of Iraqi club Al-Zawraa
With his black beard, curly hair and football shirt, Iraqi striker Hussein Ali is often mistaken for one of the world's top players: Egypt's Mohamed Salah. In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Ali, 20, is stopped in his neighbourhood by people wanting a photograph with their idol.
Although he is himself a striker, for the Al-Zawraa club, it is Ali's likeness to Salah which piques Iraqis' interest. "At the first training session, he introduced himself as 'Hussein Ali'. I replied, 'No, no, you are Mohamed Salah," said Ali's coach Adnan Mohammad.
Back when Salah was playing for AS Roma, Ali was aware of the resemblance but took the comments as a joke. But when the Egyptian shot to global fame in the Premier League — becoming the number one footballer for all Arabs according to Ali — his Iraqi doppelganger started to seriously work on his image. Since then, he has started wearing the red shirt of Salah's club Liverpool.
"It's the real shirt, bought from an official supplier," he said proudly from his small house. Passionate about football since his was little, Ali made it onto the 'B' team of Iraqi club Al-Zawraa. He hopes to live the same dream as Salah, who was thrust from his Nile Delta village into the heart of international football. "We play in the same position and I do everything to imitate and copy his movements," said Ali.
This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever
DISCLAIMER: mid-day and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.
Bollywood celebrities high on FIFA World Cup 2018 fever