Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o has revealed that he once gave Egyptian star Mohamed Salah a pep talk.
The players were both on Chelsea’s books during 2014 and played together for six months at the Premier League club.
Salah, who joined Liverpool in 2017, has become one of the world’s most feared forwards after scoring 44 goals in his debut campaign for the Reds.
Eto’o says he always knew Salah would be a fine player, and explained that he encouraged the Pharaohs star to keep working hard during his tough spell at Stamford Bridge.
"I asked him to be patient and told him ‘You are a good player and you will become a great player'. Salah has turned into that big player and will write his own story through persistence and strong desire,” Eto’o is quoted by Qatar’s Al Kass Sports Channel.
The former Indomitable Lions captain added, "The whole thing depends on Salah himself, he has unbelievable skills and is currently performing at a top level that's allowing him to compete for Ballon d’Or."
Eto’o is currently on the books of Doha-based Qatar SC, having signed for the club in August 2018.