Egyptian Salah’s boots join the loot at the Bri­tish Mu­seum

The National - News - - NEWS - GARETH BROWNE Lon­don

The boots of Liver­pool ace Mo­hamed Salah will next week take pride of place in the Bri­tish Mu­seum’s An­cient Egypt exhibition along­side the stat­ues of pharaohs and the Rosetta Stone.

The Bri­tish Mu­seum houses on of the largest col­lec­tions of Egyptian an­tiq­ui­ties in the world. The col­lec­tion is now set to grow by one as the 25-yearold Egyptian striker’s Adi­das boots go on dis­play.

A state­ment on the Bri­tish Mu­seum’s twit­ter ac­count boasted of its lat­est trea­sure. “We’ve made an ex­cit­ing new ac­qui­si­tion,” it an­nounced. “To cel­e­brate Egyptian foot­balling star Mo Salah be­ing top scorer in the Premier League this sea­son, we’ll be dis­play­ing his boots along­side ob­jects from an­cient Egypt in the run-up to the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.”

Neal Spencer, as­sis­tant keeper of the An­cient Egypt and Su­dan depart­ment, said: “The boots tell a story of a mod­ern Egyptian icon, per­form­ing in the UK, with a truly global im­pact, and build on our re­cent project to ac­quire ob­jects to tell the story of daily life in 20th and 21st cen­tury Egypt.”

Salah has as­cended to global fame this year, fol­low­ing a record 32-goal-run in the Premier League sea­son for Liver­pool.

The striker was voted the Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Player of the Year. He also helped Egypt to qual­ify for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Orig­i­nally from Na­grig, in North­ern Egypt, Mus­lim lead­ers claim Salah’s suc­cess is help­ing tackle Is­lam­o­pho­bia. In Feb­ru­ary a group of Liver­pool fans were filmed chant­ing “I’ll be Mus­lim too”.

Mo­hamed Salah’s boots are now on dis­play in Lon­don

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