Big Mo-ment as teen backs Salah in drug ad
ASOUTHPORT girl has played a starring role alongside Liverpool FC star Mohamed Salah in a hard-hitting campaign which has gone viral.
Charlotte Thompson, 13, from Ainsdale, recently filmed the advert with the Reds striker for an antidrugs commercial, shot at Otterspool promenade, in Liverpool.
Charlotte, a pupil at Merchant Taylors’ School for Girls, in Crosby, enjoyed a great kick around with the man himself – and even nutmegged him!
The youngster is a keen Liverpool fan whose dad is a season ticket holder, so she has been to watch games at Anfield since she was little.
She was the only girl to feature in the advert alongside six boys for their scene.
The anti-drug campaign, featuring Salah, has gone viral in Egypt since it was filmed, as the striker prepares to play in the Champions League final against real Madrid in Kiev this Saturday.
The commercial – urging people to “say no to drugs” – shows him going for a jog, and presents his younger self with a choice – a choice of which path to go down: drugs or sports.
Opting to mix with the sporty crowd, it then portrays the happy, wholesome life one can lead as a result.
It has emerged that, after Salah appeared in the “Say No to Drugs” campaign the Drug Rehab Hotline witnessed a 400% increase in calls.
Charlotte said: “It was an amazing day and I felt so privileged to be having a kick around in the park with Mo Salah.
I’m a huge Liverpool fan and will be cheering them on in the Champions League final and would love to see Salah score a hat-trick in the final!”
Charlotte is represented by All-stars Casting in Liverpool, but has also been a pupil at So Talented! Academy of Theatre Arts, in Wayfarers Arcade, in Southport town centre, for the past seven years.
Egyptian king Salah is the man of the moment right now, with the 25year-old scoring his 32nd goal of the league campaign in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Brighton at Anfield on Sunday, May 13.
In doing so, he broke the record for the most goals in a 38-game Premier League season, previously set by Luis Suarez, Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo, and claimed the league’s Golden Boot award in his first season with the Reds.
Salah also won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award and the FWA Footballer of the Year award.
Charlotte Thompson, right, enjoying her kick-around in the park with Mo Salah and other pupils at Otterspool, left – and a group picture, below, of all who took part