Former midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika was voted the greatest player in Egyptian history in a FIFA poll, overcoming the likes of Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Al-Khateeb, and Hossam Hassan.
Aboutrika topped the poll with a sweeping 56 percent, followed by Salah taking 36 percent of the votes. Khateeb gathered 6 percent of the votes, while Hassan took 2 percent.
Aboutrika, now retired, led Egypt’s national team for nearly a decade and is widely considered to be the most admired Egyptian player in his generation.
During his career, Aboutrika plates for Al-Ahly, and led the team to five CAF Champions League trophies. The club also won the Egyptian League five times and the Egyptian Cup twice with him on the team.
Aboutrika is currently resides in Qatar. He was accused in 2017 of funding the banned Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt’s government designated as a ‘terrorist’ organization.
In 2015, a government committee which was established to seize and manage Brotherhood properties and funds froze Aboutrika’s assets.