By Atiya Riffat
Salah’s mint green football boots will be displayed “amongst the statues of ancient pharaohs” next to ancient Egyptian sandals as part of the British.
He’s been nicknamed the “Egyptian King” by Liverpool fans, but match-winner Mohammad Salah’s crowning glory could be seeing his treasured boots on display in one of the world’s most prestigious museums.
The donation — by Adidas — is to celebrate Salah’s winning the Premier League Golden Boot. Adidas donated the footwear, specially molded for the shape of the Liverpool player’s feet, to celebrate the 25-year-old winning the Golden Boot award for finishing as top scorer in the English Premier League this season.
“This acquisition brings the British Museum’s world-famous Egyptian collection right up to date,” said Neal Spencer, the British Museum’s Keeper of Ancient Egypt and Sudan.
“The boots tell a story of a modern Egyptian icon, performing in the UK, with a truly global impact” he added.
Salah is not finished yet, though, as he heads to the Champions League final on Saturday week in Kiev against holders Real Madrid and then to Russia leading Egypt’s line in their first World Cup appearance in 28 years.
In an incredible season, the record-breaking forward also guided Egypt to this summer’s World Cup in Russia, scoring twice in a 2-1 win over Congo to seal his country’s first appearance since 1990.
He has scored 44 goals in total and been lauded by his players, fans and journalists alike — winning six individual awards..
Salah’s boots will go on display in gallery 61 from May 24 until the Champions League final, which is being held in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26.
The boots will be displayed next to footwear from ancient Egypt and adjacent to a selection of gold pharaonic jewellery.
In 2016, the British Museum launched its Modern Egypt Project to bolster its collection of contemporary material from mod