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Essam El-Hadary breaks World Cup record for oldest player

26 June 2018

Mohamed Salah's Egypt still have not recorded a World Cup finals win in three appearances, despite the Liverpool talisman's superb opening goal.

"Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic!"

Kadyrov, leader of Chechnya since 2004, is a controversial figure on the global stage because of his hard-line rule over his people and a series of contentious comments, particularly against the gay community.

The Egyptian soccer federation maintains that Salah has not complained.

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Images also surfaced of a smiling Salah sitting alongside Kadyrov as he made a speech in a ceremony in which the leader, who enjoys Kremlin backing but is now under USA sanctions, later pinned a Chechen flag on the player's shirt.

CNN reported that Salah was uncomfortable with the criticism that followed the photo and is unwilling to being used as a political pawn.

Mohamed Salah put aside his highly publicized troubles to score another World Cup goal.

So much so, that he now seems to be reassessing his future with the Egyptian national team.

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The Egypt forward, who has been at the centre of a controversy involving his "honorary citizenship" from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, got one goal Monday in his team's 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia.

The Egyptians conceded in injury time to lose 2-1 to Saudi Arabia on Monday, and crashed out of the tournament without collecting a single point from their three group games in Russian Federation.

"I thank Egyptian fans for our support during the World Cup", Salah told beIN Sports after the game, addining " I know it is hard for them but it was also hard for us". "I know it's as hard for you as it is for us", Salah said. "Just want to say that Egypt reached the World Cup after 28 years, some players here do not have the required experience, thanks to all of them and we will back again in 2022".

Last season Salah became an global star - ranked alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. - due to his goalscoring feats for Liverpool, who he helped reach the Champions League final.

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Essam El-Hadary breaks World Cup record for oldest player