African superstar Mohamed Salah, who has been breaking records left, right and centre for Liverpool, has now been criticised before likely making his first 2018 FIFA World Cup appearance for Egypt on Tuesday.
The Egypt winger did not feature in his side's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay last Friday, but national team coach Hector Cuper has since suggested that he could start in their second match of the tournament, against Russia.
The hosts are on a high after beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their World Cup opener, during which they were inspired by two goals from the bench by substitute Denis Cheryshev. His father. Dimitri, who represented his country 10 times, has now fired up the contest between the Pharaohs and the hosts, sending a jibe at Salah.
"He (Salah) is an exceptional player, but (he is) not a world-class football star, who can compete for the Golden Boot," Cheryshev Sr said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"Right now, (the contenders for the award) are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and maybe Harry Kane. Liverpool uses Salah properly; here, in the Egyptian national team, things will be different."
The former Russia international also discussed the hosts' upcoming clash with Egypt, praising the Pharaohs coach.
"The team is getting ready for Egypt," he added.
"I played against (Egypt head coach Hector) Cuper's teams before, he is the most tactical coach, you never know how to approach his teams. Any chance we might have we should use."
Egypt will face Russia on their second Group A clash at 20:00 on Tuesday, and need to get some points on the board if they want to keep their chances of progressing to the knockout stages alive.
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