Mohamed Salah currently holds the record for the most goals scored by an African in a single English Premier League season, and reveals that he had the blessings of former holder Didier Drogba.
32 of his goals came in the English top-flight - an all-time record - and on his way to reaching the milestone, he eclipsed Drogba's feat of 29 in the 2009-10 campaign after scoring against Bournemouth in April.
“When I reached 20 goals, I spoke with Didier Drogba,” Salah told L’Equipe Magazine.
“He told me: ‘Please, break the record!’ to which I responded laughing: ‘No worries, I will!’
“And I managed [it]. So I thought to myself, I have quite a few games to play before the end of the season, I can break the all-time record! It’s a great source of joy for me.”
Salah, in Russia with Egypt, will hope to shake off his shoulder injury woe - picked in the Uefa Champions League final against Real Madrid - to feature in the Pharoah's opening 2018 Fifa World Cup fixture against Uruguay on Friday.