The for­mer Egypt for­ward picks his top team-mates from a play­ing ca­reer that took him to seven na­tions be­fore end­ing in Barns­ley

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FRANCESCO TOTTI “Dur­ing my time at Roma, Francesco Totti taught me that lead­er­ship is not just about screaming at your team-mates on the pitch and in the dress­ing room. He was a very calm guy, but al­ways in full con­trol of the whole dress­ing room. Another thing I learned from Totti was the value of true loy­alty to a club and how to rep­re­sent the team in the right way. He made sure ev­ery­one at Roma fol­lowed that code at all times.”

DI­DIER DROGBA “I played along­side Di­dier for a sea­son at Mar­seille and he was a top striker – one of the great No.9s of re­cent years. He’s cer­tainly one of the best for­wards I played with dur­ing my ca­reer. He was ca­pa­ble of scor­ing in so many dif­fer­ent ways. As a team-mate, the thing I liked most about him was that not only did he work for him­self dur­ing games, but also for the whole team. A true leader.”

ZLA­TAN IBRAHI­MOVIC “I played with Zla­tan for two years at Ajax, and he was a dif­fer­ent class. He taught me how to play with con­fi­dence in my­self – that was some­thing which al­ways helped me when­ever I moved to a new club and had to prove my­self all over again. He did the same him­self. Ev­ery time Zla­tan joined a new team in a new coun­try, he im­me­di­ately went out and showed ev­ery­one there what he was all about. He stamped his own per­son­al­ity and play­ing style on ev­ery club – in­clud­ing LA Galaxy this sea­son. He al­ways sets the tone.”

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