Although having bagged five goals this Premier League campaign, Liverpool’s Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah has shown he’s just as influential off the pitch and been praised as a “real-life hero” by David Craig, a 50-year-old Liverpool local who was being abused by a group of rowdy youths at a local petrol station when Salah came to the defence of the homeless man.
Salah confronted the abusers who were attacking Craig for being homeless, then went to the ATM to make a withdrawal and handed the victim £100.
Craig told The Sun: “Mo was every bit as wonderful as he is for Liverpool on the pitch.
“Mo had seen a couple of the lads hassling me. They were calling me names, asking why I was begging and telling me to get a job.
“He heard what a group of lads were saying to me, then turned to them and said, ‘That could be you in a few years.’
“Then he went to the cash machine. I was more than chuffed. I’m a massive fan.
“I only knew I wasn’t hallucinating when Mo incredibly handed me £100. What a complete legend.”
“Mo is a real-life hero in my eyes and I want to thank him.”
The incident was captured on CCTV after Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Arsenal on September 28.
It’s not the first time Salah has demonstrated his kind heart at a petrol station. Three months ago he reportedly paid for the fuel of fellow customers at a local service station after filling up – while wearing Liverpool training gear.
Then-teammate and good friend Dejan Lovren tweeted: “I heard that @MoSalah paid couple of days ago the gas for everyone at the petrol station…Great gesture.
“But can you pay at least once for me the coffee?? Usually you are tight guy so I am surprised, but anyway well done.”