Egyptian football star Mohamed Salah’s boots will be displayed at the Egyptian collection in the world-famous British Museum.
Nicknamed the “Egyptian King” by Liverpool fans, Salah’s mint green football boots will be displayed “amongst the statues of ancient pharaohs” next to ancient Egyptian sandals as part of the British Museum’s Egypt project.
Adidas donated the footwear, specially molded for the shape of the Liverpool player’s feet, to celebrate the 25-year-old winning the Golden Boot award for finishing as top goalscorer in the Premier League this season.
The boots tell a story of a modern Egyptian icon, performing in the UK, with a truly global impact,” said Neal Spencer, keeper of the museum’s Ancient Egypt and Sudan section.
The donation, believed to be the first football boots to enter the British Museum collection, is part of a wider modern Egypt project launched in 2016 to bolster its collection of contemporary Egyptian material.
The boots will go on display in gallery 61 from May 24 until the Champions League final, which is being held in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26.
The Egyptian scored 32 league goals this campaign, a record for a single 38-game season — and has been an influential figure in Liverpool’s progress to the Champions League final.
In an incredible season, the record-breaking forward also guided Egypt to this summer’s Fifa World Cup 2018 in Russia, scoring twice in a 2-1 win over Congo to seal his country’s first appearance since 1990.