MO Salah has become one of the most feared forwards on the planet.
The Liverpool hotshot, 29, has been tipped to win the Ballon d’Or after a remarkable year with the Reds.
Liverpool star Mo Salah follows a strict diet
And this season he has been the standout performer in the Premier League, scoring 10 goals in as many games for Jurgen Klopp’s title-chasing side.
The Egyptian star has achieved greatness thanks to a strict diet and rigorous exercise plan, including 3am workouts during Ramadan.
It’s that sacrifice that has seen Salah emulate Cristiano Ronaldo as one of football’s most chiselled stars.
Here’s how he did it.
What Salah puts in his body daily is crucial to his success, although he allows himself a cheat day with pizza every so often.
Speaking about his diet, Salah told CNN, “Nutrition is so important, it’s part of the game. It has helped with my recovery, allowed me to sleep better and helped my body adapt quickly.
“My nutritionist says that because I don’t have any fat on my body, I can eat what I want. I also don’t drink so it’s fine.”
And it’s fair to say, the devout Muslim is usually very careful with his food.
For Breakfast, he will eat parathas – a puffy flatbread – with a glass of milk.
Light meals and plenty of vegetables are key to Salah’s success
Egyptian speciality kushari is one of Salah’s favourite meals
Pizza is Salah’s guilty pleasure
If he’s still hungry, he will then go for a bowl of fruit.
When it comes to lunch, Salah tends to load up on more calories. He enjoys lentils, vegetables, bread, chicken, and will finish with a bowl of yogurt.
His favourite dish is an Egyptian speciality called kushari, which is made from rice, macaroni and lentils and topped with spiced tomatoes, chickpeas and onions.
“When I go back to Egypt, I call my friend from the airport to buy kushari for us to eat in the car. I pull my hoodie over my head, jump into the car and then I’m eating it straight away,” he once revealed.
Dinner is usuallly a light affair – with soup, salad and vegetables preferred. He’ll wash that down with a glass of fresh fruit juice without sugar.
NEVER MISSES A GYM SESSION
Salah’s dedication to his craft is shown by his obsession with working out.
If he’s not training with the Reds, he’s doing additional sessions of weight training, bodyweight work, plyometrics, yoga, swimming and stretching exercises.
“Normally, I get up early to go for training which starts either in the morning or in the afternoon,” Salah told ON Ent.
“Then I come for recovery for almost two hours. Therapy for any injuries or specific massage so you mitigate any suffering of your body.
Home workouts are very important to Salah
Strenuous weight training is key to building up Salah’s biceps
Additionally, Salah likes to swim in his spare time
“After that, I go to the gym here at the club which is optional for players. After training, I do stretching and recovery again. Finally, I go to the pool at the club or with Makka [his daughter] at home. I finish all these activities around 7 or 8pm.”
During Ramadan, Salah made sure he didn’t miss a single minute to sculpt his abs.
He was up at 3am after fasting during daylight hours to hit the weights in his home gym.
AN INCREDIBLE BODY TRANSFORMATION
When Salah was at Chelsea, he cut a skinny figure.
Even when he found his form on loan at Fiorentina before securing a move to Roma, he was certainly less defined.
However, thanks to following a diet plan and exercising religiously, he has seen a remarkable body transformation.
Today’s Salah is bursting out of his Liverpool shirt with bulging biceps and shredded abs.
Often, he’s not afraid to show off his torso on Instagram to his adoring fans.
And even his team-mates can’t help but take pictures of his incredible physique.
At Chelsea, Salah cut a slight figure
When on loan to Fiorentina in 2015 he was far from the perfect athleteCredit: Rex
Today, Salah is more ripped than everCredit: Reuters
Scotland international Andy Robertson recently shared a snap of Salah topless in a swimming pool.
Hilariously, he joked that his pal had a ‘bit of body fat to lose’ in the photo.
If that’s the case, then SunSport better jump on an exercise bike lively.