7 of the Best Footballers From the Arab World Playing Across Europe

Mohamed Salah finally signed for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool after a back and forth that threatened to become an all summer long saga.


The winger has been called the Egyptian Messi in the Italian media after three impressive seasons in Italy for Fiorentina and Roma. However, Salah is not the only player from the Arab world to take Europe by storm.


From Morocco to Oman, here's seven players rivalling the new Liverpool man as the best from Arab countries.  


Note: All of the listed players are currently representing nations belonging to that part of the world, and so players such as Dortmund wonderkid Mahmoud Dahoud are omitted due to representing their adoptive country. 

7. Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria)

Hammers fans will be the most familiar with Algerian attacker Sofiane Feghouli. After transferring from Valencia to West Ham in the summer of 2016, Feghouli has perhaps not shone in east London as he did in Spain just yet, but the talented winger is a quality player who is highly rated by Slaven Bilic. 


Latest reports from the Evening Standard indicate he will be staying at the London Stadium, after interest from Roma. 


It looks hopeful that we will see an improved version of Feghouli next season as he adjusts to the rigours of the Premier League.

6. Ali Al Habsi (Oman)

Reading's veteran Omani shot-stopper has been a permanent fixture in the Premier League and Championship after his move from Norway in 2006. 


His most recent stellar performance came during Reading's play-off semi-final win over Sheffield Wednesday. Al Habsi was later deservedly named in the Championship's team of the season, after narrowly losing to Huddersfield in the play-off final.

5. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria)

French-born Algerian attacker Yacine Brahimi is deservedly interesting some of the Premier League's elite right now. After a meander through France's youth system, the 27-year-old has become a shining light in the FC Porto team and has even had his spectacular moments feats of skill dubbed 'Brahimi Moments' by the club's fans. 


Latest reports from Portuguese source Correio de Manha claim that we could even be seeing him at Arsenal next season should Arsenal match Porto's asking price.

4. Mahdi Benatia (Morocco)

Currently playing at Juventus, 30-year-old Madhi Benatia is still thought of as a quality defender in spite of being sidelined somewhat by Max Allegri. 


The Moroccan centre-back also had successful spell at Roma, and a stint at Bayern Munich before moving to Turin, showcasing his ability to play at the highest level in European football.


France Sport claim the defender may move to Ligue 1, after interest from Lyon. However, it remains to be seen where the talented Benatia will be playing next season.

3. Mohamed Elneny (Egypt)

Although Elneny has not had a chance to showcase his quality much at Arsenal, the Egyptian midfielder is still capable of mixing it up with the best in the Premier League. 


The 24-year-old has played an integral role in his country's quest for African Cup of Nations glory, and alongside compatriot Salah, represents the best footballing talent from Egypt. 


Gunners legend David Seaman recently said in an article by King Fut it's too early to assess him at the Emirates, and that the player must force his way in to the Arsenal squad by impressing Wenger in training.

2. Ali Adnan (Iraq)

23-year-old Ali Adnan has been referred to as the 'Iraqi Gareth Bale'. 


His pace and strength are impressive, and his performances at the 2016 Olympics testify that he has not faded after success at youth culminated in him winning the 2013 Asian young footballer of the year award. 


Adnan plays for Udinese at present, and is often used as a left-back. Recently, as reported by the Daily Mail, he starred in his country's first home international game following Iraq's ban from hosting matches received during a tragically violent period in 2013.

1. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

Last but not least is the PFA Premier League Player of the Year 2016.


It would be wrong to top the list with someone other than Mahrez, as the 26-year-old French-born Algerian is by far one of the standout footballing talents from the Arab world. 


Mahrez did not live up to the dizzying heights of Leicester's title winning triumph last season, but now looks set to continue his casual attacking brilliance with another club, possibly Arsenal next season.

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