The rise of Mohamed Salah has been nothing short of sensational.
Liverpool's Egyptian forward arrived at Anfield last summer as one of Serie A's finest after starring for both Fiorentina and Roma.
However, after just one year on Merseyside, his reputation had grown from Serie A great to world superstar.
Salah scored 32 goals in the Premier League last season, the most by one player in the competition's history.
The start of the 2018/19 season has been a tad more difficult for Salah, but he still has seven goals in all competitions to his name.
So what's behind his rocket-fuelled rise to the top? Well, his former Chelsea teammate Samuel Eto'o believes he played a key role.
“I hope that Salah remembers the day we were together in Stamford Bridge dressing room after he'd had a poor performance," Eto'o told Al Kass sports channel.
“I asked him to be patient and told him ‘You are a good player and you will become a great player'.
“Salah has turned into that big player and will write his own story through persistence and strong desire.
“The whole thing depends on Salah himself, he has unbelievable skills and is currently performing at a top level that's allowing him to compete for Ballon d’Or.”
Always helps to have a player with Eto'o's experience put an arm around you.
The Cameroonian striker was one of the finest to have graced the game during his years with Barcelona and Inter Milan.
He was decent at Chelsea, but was coming towards the end of his career.
As for Salah, he is well on his way to emulating Eto'o's achievement and being recognised as one of Africa's greatest ever footballers.
However, he needs to start adding trophies to his own personal accolades and Liverpool look like they will compete on multiple fronts this season.News Now - Sport News