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Egyptian king Mohamed Salah Premier League’s most prolific African

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their fifth goal and his hat-trick against Manchester United. Picture: Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their fifth goal and his hat-trick against Manchester United. Picture: Phil Noble/Reuters

Published Oct 24, 2021

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Cape Town - Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has become the most prolific scoring African-born player in Premier League history following his hat-trick in the 5-0 hammering of Manchester United.

Sunday's three goals saw him eclipse the mark of hitherto pacesetter Ivorian Didier Drogba.

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Salah's goal tally now stands at 107 in only 167 matches. Drogba's record stood at 104 Premiership goals in 254 appearances.

Salah's teammate Senegalese Sadio Mane, who came on as a substitute in Sunday's match, is next on the list of highest African Premiership scores with 100 strikes.

He is followed by Togo-born Emmanuel Adebayor with 97. Next is Nigerian Yakubu Ayegbeni on 95 to make up the record of the five leading African scorers.

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After this sublime performance, Salah can lay claim to being the best player in the world after scoring 15 goals in his last 12 matches. Apart from his hat-trick, he also had a hand in the opening goal.

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He was a constant threat whenever in possession, and his three-goal haul on Sunday was the end product of clinical finishing, which on the day went unmatched.

He also became the first Premiership player in an away team to score a hat-trick at Old Trafford.

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