ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is one happy and proud soccer player these days.
This scenario developed after Salah became the top-scoring African player in Premier League history after his hat trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Egypt international scored three goals to surpass the 103 the record of former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba at 106 goals.
According to reports, Salah scored one goal in 13 appearances while at Chelsea in 2014, but the rest have come since he returned to English football to sign for Liverpool in 2017.
Salah took the Premier League Golden Boot with a single-season record of 32 in his first full campaign in the league in 2017-18 and was the joint leading marksman 12 months later.
He also helped Liverpool win their first Premier League title in 2019-20 when they ended a run of 30 years without being crowned champions of England.
Drogba, who enjoyed two spells at Chelsea from 2004 to 2012 and 2014-15, won the Golden Boot on two occasions (2006-07 and 2009-10) and was a Premier League champion four times.
Salah, 29, has some way to go catch former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United forward Alan Shearer, who is the Premier League’s all-time leading marksman on 260, while ex-Manchester City frontman Sergio Aguero is the top-scoring non-European with 184.
Salah’s Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane is the next highest-scoring African player with 100 goals, which includes 21 from his time at Southampton.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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