Diouf dreamt of playing with Aboutrika

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Former Senegal international and Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf believes Egypt legend Mohamed Aboutrika would have been regarded as one of the best footballers in the word if he was Brazilian.

“The player I dreamed to play with was Aboutrika. I have never seen a player of his on-ball skills,” Diouf told ON Time Sports channel.

An Italian sport journalist named Gabriele Marcotti once said: “Aboutrika is arguably the best footballer on Earth not plying his trade in Europe or South America.”

To back up Marcotti’s and Diouf’s words, Aboutrika scored 117 goals with 30 assists in his illustrious career, mostly with Al Ahly. He won seven Egyptian Premier League (EPL) titles, two Egypt Cup winners medals and five CAF Champions Leagues, all with Al Ahly.

The 41-year-old former attacking midfielder and forward was also named Egypt’s Player of the Year a record four times in a row and was named African Player of the Year based in Africa on four occasions in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013.

The legendary Aboutrika was influential when Egypt won the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in 2006 and 2008 as he fired in the decisive penalty against Ivory Coast in the ’06 final scored a late winner when the ‘Pharaohs’ beat Cameroon in the ’08 final. He scored 38 goals in 105 caps for the Egypt before retiring back in 2014.

“If Aboutrika was Brazilian he would have been one of the best players in the world,” added Diouf who earned 70 caps for Senegal scoring over 25 goals.

The former 39-year-old former star went on to speak about Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane’s deadly partnership at his former club, Liverpool.

“They complete each other, and they do well at Liverpool. If one of them moves to Real Madrid or Barcelona he won’t receive the same treatment they get from Jurgen Klopp.

Diouf during his Liverpool days.

“I wished I had a manager like Klopp when I was at Liverpool,” concluded Diouf.

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