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This page contains a list of the greatest Egyptian Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 53 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 Egyptian Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Egyptian 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 Egyptian Soccer Players.

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1. Mohamed Salah (1992 - )

With an HPI of 61.46, Mohamed Salah is the most famous Egyptian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 78 different languages on wikipedia.

Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly (Arabic: محمد صلاح حامد محروس غالى‎, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [mæˈħam.mæd sˤɑˈlɑːħ ˈɣæːli]; born 15 June 1992) is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Egypt national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed. Salah started his senior career with Egyptian club Al Mokawloon, departing shortly thereafter to join Swiss side Basel for an undisclosed fee. In Switzerland, his performances attracted Premier League side Chelsea, who signed him in 2014 for a reported fee of £11 million. However, he was used sparingly in his debut season and was allowed to leave on loan to Serie A clubs Fiorentina and Roma, with the latter eventually signing him permanently for €15 million. Following his role in helping Roma to a second-placed finish and a club record points tally in 2017, Salah returned to the Premier League to sign for Liverpool for a then club-record fee of £36.9 million. In his second spell in England, Salah adapted his game from a natural winger to a forward, and he netted 32 goals in 36 league games in his debut season, winning the Premier League Golden Boot and breaking the Premier League scoring record for a 38-game season. Salah's performances earned him a number of individual accolades, including the PFA Players' Player of the Year. He also came third in the 2018 Best FIFA Men's Player award. The following season, he finished as the Premier League's joint-top goalscorer and helped Liverpool win the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, scoring in the final. In his third season at the club, he helped the team win the 2019–20 Premier League, which ended the club's 30-year league title drought. 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 has helped Egypt reach the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, and was top scorer during CAF qualification to help the team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Salah has been named the 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 and the CAF Team of the Year on several occasions.

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2. Essam El Hadary (1973 - )

With an HPI of 60.48, Essam El Hadary is the 2nd most famous Egyptian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.

Essam Kamal Tawfiq El Hadary (Arabic: عصام الدين 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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3. Abdulrahman Fawzi (1909 - 1988)

With an HPI of 60.20, Abdulrahman Fawzi is the 3rd most famous Egyptian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Abdelrahman Fawzy (Arabic: عبد الرحمن فوزي‎) (August 11, 1909 – October 16, 1988) was an Egyptian professional football player and manager, who played as a winger. 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 1970) 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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4. Mahmoud El-Gohary (1938 - 2012)

With an HPI of 59.75, Mahmoud El-Gohary is the 4th most famous Egyptian 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. Hassan Shehata (1947 - )

With an HPI of 59.73, Hassan Shehata is the 5th most famous Egyptian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Hassan Shehata (Arabic: حسن شحاتة‎; born 19 June 1949) is a former, Egyptian professional football player. Before retirement he played as a Forward. He then proceed to become a football manager, who is now retired. Shehata led Egypt to victory in three titles, all which were at the African Cup of Nations: 2006, 2008 and 2010. He was the first ever coach to win 3 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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6. Mohamed Zidan (1981 - )

With an HPI of 58.56, Mohamed Zidan is the 6th most famous Egyptian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.

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

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7. Mido (1983 - )

With an HPI of 58.23, Mido is the 7th most famous Egyptian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid (Arabic: أحمد حسام حسين عبد الحميد‎; 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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8. Hossam Hassan (1966 - )

With an HPI of 57.48, Hossam Hassan is the 8th most famous Egyptian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Hossam Hassan Hussein (Arabic: حسام حسن حسين‎; born 10 August 1966) is an Egyptian former professional football 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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9. Mahmoud El Khatib (1954 - )

With an HPI of 57.36, Mahmoud El Khatib is the 9th most famous Egyptian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Mahmoud El Khatib (Arabic: محمود 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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10. Ahmed Hassan (1975 - )

With an HPI of 56.68, Ahmed Hassan is the 10th most famous Egyptian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Ahmed Hassan (Egyptian Arabic: أحمد حسن‎; born 2 May 1975) is an Egyptian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or on the right wing. He is the third most capped international male footballer in history, having made 184 appearances for the Egypt national team. Hassan is regarded as one of the best players in African football history.

Pantheon has 53 people classified as soccer players born between 1909 and 1997. Of these 53, 48 (90.57%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Mohamed Salah, Essam El Hadary, and Hassan Shehata. The most famous deceased soccer players include Abdulrahman Fawzi, Mahmoud El-Gohary, and Mustafa Mansour. As of October 2020, 10 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Mahmoud El-Gohary, Mustafa Mansour, and Ibrahim Hassan.

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