The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Egypt

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This page contains a list of the greatest Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,880 Soccer Players, 52 of which were born in Egypt. This makes Egypt the birth place of the 52nd most number of Soccer Players behind Morocco and Ecuador.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Soccer Players.

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1. Mohamed Salah (1992 - )

With an HPI of 51.98, Mohamed Salah is the most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 80 different languages on wikipedia.

Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly (Arabic: محمد صلاح حامد محروس غالي, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [mæˈħam.mæd sˤɑˈlɑːħ ˈɣæːli]; born 15 June 1992) is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward or on the right wing for Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Egypt national team. Considered one of the best players in the world and amongst the greatest African players of all time, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed. Salah started his senior career in 2010 playing for Al Mokawloon, departing in 2012 to join Basel, where he won two Swiss Super League titles. In 2014, Salah joined Chelsea for a reported fee of £11 million, but limited gametime led to successive loans to Fiorentina and Roma, who later signed him permanently for €15 million. In the 2016–17 season, Salah was a key figure in Roma's title race against ultimate league winners Juventus, reaching double figures in both goals and assists.In 2017, Salah signed for Liverpool for a then-club record transfer of £36.9 million. In his first season, he set the record for most Premier League goals scored (32) in a 38-game season and helped Liverpool to the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final. Salah went on to be an integral player in the club's Champions League and Premier League title successes the following two seasons, and has since also won the FA Cup and the League Cup. Salah has achieved numerous individual accolades, including two PFA Players' Player of the Year awards, three Premier League Golden Boots, the Premier League Player of the Season, the Premier League Playmaker of the Season, and finished third for the Best FIFA Men's Player in 2018 and 2021. He received the 2018 FIFA Puskás Award for his winning strike in the first Merseyside derby of the 2017–18 season. At international level, Salah represented Egypt at youth level before making his senior debut in 2011. Following his performances at the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was named CAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year. Since then, he finished as runner-up in the 2017 and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and was top scorer during CAF qualification as Egypt qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Salah was named CAF African Footballer of the Year (2017 and 2018), BBC African Footballer of the Year (2017 and 2018), and was selected in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament, 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament and the CAF Team of the Year on several occasions.

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2. Hassan Shehata (1947 - )

With an HPI of 50.87, Hassan Shehata is the 2nd most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Hassan Shehata (Arabic: حسن شحاتة; born 19 June 1947) is an Egyptian former professional football player. Before retirement he played as a forward. He then became a football manager, who is now retired. Shehata led Egypt to victory in 3 titles, all which were at the African Cup of Nations: 2006, 2008 and 2010. He was the first ever coach to win three consecutive Africa Cup of Nations titles. Shehata is one of only two coaches to win the Africa Cup 3 times, along with Ghana's Charles Gyamfi.

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3. Essam El Hadary (1973 - )

With an HPI of 50.17, Essam El Hadary is the 3rd most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.

Essam Kamal Tawfiq El Hadary (Arabic: عصام كمال توفيق الحضري; born 15 January 1973) is an Egyptian goalkeeping coach and former professional footballer. Nicknamed the "High Dam", El Hadary spent the largest portion of his club career with Al Ahly, with whom he won eight Egyptian Premier League titles, four Egypt Cups, four Egyptian Super Cups, four CAF Champions League titles, three CAF Super Cups, one Arab Club Champions Cup, and two Arab Super Cups. Third on the list of all-time appearances for Egypt, El Hadary made 159 international appearances for his nation between 1996 and 2018. He won the Africa Cup of Nations four times, and was named the tournament's best goalkeeper on three occasions. In the 2018 World Cup, at the age of 45 years and 161 days, he became the oldest player in history to play in a World Cup match.After his retirement, he was very close to being the goalkeeping coach of Étoile Sahel of Tunisia, to be part of the technical staff under the leadership of Jorvan Vieira after agreeing to sign the contract, but he was forced to retreat in the end due to his mother's illness.

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4. Mahmoud El-Gohary (1938 - 2012)

With an HPI of 49.04, Mahmoud El-Gohary is the 4th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Mahmoud El-Gohary (Arabic: محمود الجوهري; 20 February 1938 – 31 August 2012) was an Egyptian footballer and football coach.

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5. Abdulrahman Fawzi (1909 - 1988)

With an HPI of 47.81, Abdulrahman Fawzi is the 5th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Abdelrahman Fawzy (Arabic: عبدالرحمن فوزي) (May 25, 1911 – October 16, 1988) was an Egyptian professional football player and manager, who played as a centre forward. He played for Al-Masry SC and Zamalek SC (where he spent most of his career) as well as the Egypt national football team. He took part at the 1934 FIFA World Cup, where he scored twice for Egypt in their 4–2 loss against Hungary, which was the first time (and the only time before 1990) that an African team had competed at the FIFA World Cup. He was thus, the first African footballer to score at the World Cup. He would have been the first African to score a hat trick at the World Cup (a feat not yet achieved by any African footballer to date) but his third goal was disallowed. The Egyptian goalkeeper that day, Mustafa Mansour, later said: "When the game was 2–2, my colleague Fawzy took the ball from the centre and dribbled past all the Hungarian players to score a third goal. But the referee cancelled the goal as an offside!"

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6. Hossam Hassan (1966 - )

With an HPI of 47.07, Hossam Hassan is the 6th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Hossam Hassan Hussein (Arabic: حسام حسن حسين; born 10 August 1966) is an Egyptian professional football coach and former player who played as a striker. A prolific goalscorer, he is Egypt's all-time top scorer with 83 goals in 176 appearances. His twin brother Ibrahim also played professional football, and they shared teams for most of their extensive careers.Hassan represented the national team in the 1990 World Cup and seven Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He is regarded as one of the best players in African football history and is the third most capped player in men's international football.

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7. Mahmoud El Khatib (1954 - )

With an HPI of 46.88, Mahmoud El Khatib is the 7th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Mahmoud Ibrahim Ibrahim El Khatib (Arabic: محمود إبراهيم إبراهيم الخطيب; born 30 October 1954), popularly nicknamed Bibo (Arabic: بيبو), is an Egyptian retired footballer and current President of Al Ahly. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in African football history.

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8. Mohamed Zidan (1981 - )

With an HPI of 45.93, Mohamed Zidan is the 8th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.

Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed Zidan (Arabic: محمد عبد الله محمد زيدان) (born 11 December 1981), known as Mohamed Zidan, is an Egyptian retired professional footballer who played as a striker.

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9. Mido (1983 - )

With an HPI of 45.27, Mido is the 9th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid Wasfy (Arabic: أحمد حسام حسين عبد الحميد وصفي; born 23 February 1983), publicly known as Mido, is an Egyptian football manager and former player who played as a striker. Mido started his career with Zamalek in Egypt in 1999. He left the club for Gent of Belgium in 2000, where he won the Belgian Ebony Shoe. This led to a move to Dutch side Ajax in 2001, from where he joined Celta Vigo on loan in 2003. His next destination was Marseille in France and he left them for Italian side Roma in 2004. He joined English side Tottenham Hotspur on an 18-month loan in 2005 and eventually joined the club permanently in 2006. He left the club in 2007 to join Middlesbrough, from whom he joined Wigan Athletic, Zamalek, West Ham United and Ajax on loan. In 2011, he rejoined Zamalek, before joining Barnsley in 2012. He also played for Egypt 51 times, scoring 20 goals. Mido retired from football in June 2013.

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10. Mohamed Aboutrika (1978 - )

With an HPI of 45.19, Mohamed Aboutrika is the 10th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Mohamed Mohamed Mohamed Aboutrika (Arabic: محمد محمد محمد أبوتريكة‎ (repeated three times); born 7 November 1978) is an Egyptian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and a forward. He came second in the African Footballer of the Year award in 2008 after Emmanuel Adebayor, and was one of five nominees for the 2006 award, and one of the ten nominated for the 2013 award. Aboutrika won the African Cup of Nations in 2006 with the Egyptian national team. He also scored the winning goal to help Egypt win the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. He helped his club Al Ahly to win the bronze medal in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2006.Off the pitch, he has been noted for both various humanitarian efforts as well as controversies. This includes Aboutrika being added to a terror list by his native Egypt for alleged ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Pantheon has 58 people classified as soccer players born between 1905 and 1997. Of these 58, 51 (87.93%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Mohamed Salah, Hassan Shehata, and Essam El Hadary. The most famous deceased soccer players include Mahmoud El-Gohary, Abdulrahman Fawzi, and Mohamed Latif. As of April 2022, 6 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Mohamed Latif, Mahmoud Mokhtar El Tetsh, and Mostafa Mohamed.

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