RAMADAN SOBHI’S red and white Stoke kit sums up his dilemma ahead of the Champions League final.
The Egyptian, 21, is a lifelong Real Madrid fan who, as a child, spent his spare time on the streets of Cairo trying to copy Cristiano Ronaldo.
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But tomorrow night the Potters winger will bin his Los Blancos shirt and set up camp in the red corner of Egypt’s World Cup training headquarters.
Then he will shout himself hoarse, roaring on the man he regards as his footballing brother — Liverpool’s 44-goal phenomenon Mo Salah.
And Sobhi insisted the Reds’ Ballon d’Or contender, 25, is a humble hero whose ego is far removed from Ronaldo’s.
He said: “People genuinely worship Mo because they simply see the footballer scoring goals on the field.
PA:Press Association Sobhi is very close with Egypt teammate Salah
“However, outside of football he is a kind, helpful guy who treats people really well. He is a humble man, a great man.
“He is definitely the most famous person in Egypt but not only in our country — Mo has become the most famous person right across the Arab world, with nearly five million followers on Twitter.
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“Whenever he goes home he is hero-worshipped and there are always crowds flocking to be near him.
“He is like a rock star but that image couldn’t be further away from his own personality.
PA:Press Association Sobhi usually supports Real Madrid and is a huge fan of Cristiano Ronaldo
“My relationship with Mo is very good. We play together for Egypt and we talk together and meet up at every opportunity.
“He is not only a friend and a team-mate, he is more like a big brother to me.
“He is doing really well and I hope his season gets even better on Saturday, even though he is playing against my boyhood team.