More often than not, we miss great talents because they refuse to work hard enough to make the most of them. They just take everything for granted as if their talent is going to work itself out.
That’s the case of former Egyptian striker Zidan, who was supposed to become the next great African scorer but ended up wandering around Europe without bringing much to the table.
And now that he’s watching his fellow countrymen Mo Salah thrive so much at Liverpool and Egypt, he looked back and told ON Sport that Jurgen Klopp used to tell him that he was a hundred times better than Salah:
“Klopp told me that I was better than Salah 100 hundred times but I needed to be more professional. Klopp said to me that I have great talent and skills but I need to concentrate more. If I did this I could be one of the best players in the world,” Zidan claimed.
Klopp coached Zidan during his stint at Borussia Dortmund, but the Egyptian’s poor work ethic prevented him from reaching a whole new level and fulfilling his true potential. Salah, on the other hand, is way more dedicated to the game, according to Zidan:
“I had to be more dedicated to training and be more professional to reach Salah’s level in the past. Salah is more professional than me and more dedicated to football like Ronaldo and Messi,” he added.
This isn’t the first time Zidan opens up about Mo Salah and what he’s meant to Egyptian players out there, as he opened up in 2018 to laud his talent and performances:
“He’s representing Egyptians very well in England and Liverpool. He’s doing very good and we all support him always. We all have his back and we always pray for him and always follow him because he is representing us as Egyptians and as Arabs.He’s a good example, as we were before – me and other Egyptian colleagues who played in Europe, like Mido, Ahmed Hassan and many other players who played in top leagues. Now Mo Salah is continuing the legacy of Egyptian players in Europe to make the Egyptian kids keep dreaming, because he’s one of us. Today is Mo Salah time, it is going very well, he is giving hope to all Egyptians and then in the future, it will be other kids from Egypt that will play in Europe,” he concluded.