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Mo Salah refuses to take Man of the Match award despite scoring hat trick

The Egyptian scored a hat-trick against Bournemouth. However, when named Man of the Match, the former Chelsea player refused to take the award.

Mo Salah’s goal record can be recorded and measured but his humility couldn’t be measured. His humbleness and kindness is something he is known for besides scoring goals. Yesterday, Salah again showed his class. On the field, he scored a hat trick and helped his side sit at the top of the Premier League. Off the pitch, he showed his kindness and didn’t accept the Man of the Match award.

The Egyptian forward led his team to a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten Premier League record. But when offered the award after the match, Salah flat out refused to accept it, and gave it to James Milner instead. SkySports Greg Whelan was interviewing the pair post-match when he handed the award to Milner to give to Salah. But the former Chelsea man pushed it back and said, “No. 500 games. I have to congratulate him (Milner) for his amazing career. He deserved it today and he’s had an amazing career so I hope we’re going to win something this season together but I will not take it.” Milner was making his 500th Premier League appearance of his career, and did so in the unfamiliar position of right-back.

The 33-year-old has played for several clubs in the top flight, including Manchester City, Leeds, Aston Villa and Newcastle. Salah opened the scoring for the Reds. He added a second immediately after half-time, latching onto Firmino’s pass before taking on Nathan Ake and firing into the bottom corner. Salah twice rounded Begovic and toyed with the Bournemouth defense before completing his hat-trick. The win moved Liverpool top of the league ahead of Manchester City, who lost to Chelsea.

Salah said: “My expectations is very high. Everyone else expectations of me are high. But the most important thing is that we are top of the table.”

Author’s Take:

It’s a brilliant gesture of Mohammed Salah. The Egyptian simply appreciated Milner’s presence inthe Premier League. It’s tough to have 500 appearances in a league that’s considered as the toughest domestic football league. Milner deserves credit and appreciation for that.


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