Mohamed Salah had to separated from defender Moussa Hamadou during a fiery touchline incident during Egypt’s convincing 6-0 win over Djibouti on Thursday night.
The 31-year-old forward, who has scored 16 goals in all competitions for club and country this season, netted four times for Rui Vitoria’s side as Egypt sealed all three points in their opening World Cup qualifier.
As a result of his efforts in the Group A clash, Salah became the all-time leading scorer for Egypt in World Cup qualifiers.
But away from his typically-collected exploits in front of goal, the former Chelsea man was involved in an extremely rare tussle with an opposition player.
As you can see from the footage below, Salah tried to pinch possession from centre-back Moussa Hamadou, who was trying to shield the ball for a resulting goal-kick.
I Never knew Salah had that dawg in him.. pic.twitter.com/LV2nEMhTFE
— Vision 🇭🇺 (@Lfc__vision) November 16, 2023
The ball eventually went out of play but Salah and Hamadou appeared to tangle legs before things appeared to get a little personal.
Egypt’s number 10 squared up to the FC Dikhil defender for several seconds before referee Jelly Chavani had to step in and push Salah away from the scene.
“Never seen Salah square up to someone before, he must of said some madness,” said one fan on X, while another commented: “You got to do a lot to get a Mo Salah reaction.”
A third wrote: “Something crazy had to have been said. Never seen Mo square up to anyone like that.”
A fourth added: “I’ve never ever seen Salah get in someone’s face.”
In other news, Salah’s personal bodyguard recently opened up on the extreme measures that are put in place to protect the Liverpool forward.
Speaking on the5ASide Podcast, Karim Abdou, who is the former head of security for the Egypt national team, explained: “All gifts have to be scanned.
“We don’t accept gifts, but sometimes if I take them from people they have to be scanned. You never know what is in the gift. It could make him sick or kill him, you don’t know.”
Abdou added that Salah had to be kept a “ghost” in public, due to the potential ramifications of people discovering where he is.
He continued: “He’s a ghost, he cannot be seen. One time, he went to pray in a mosque. Nobody knew where he lived and somebody followed him and put it in a WhatsApp group, ‘Mo Salah lives in that address’.
“There were like 20,000 people who showed up to his house after five minutes.”