Enrolling in the academy is expensive in a country where the average monthly salary is less than $250.
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On a perfectly manicured grass field in Cairo's gated suburb of Madinaty, boys train in red football jerseys and dream of becoming the next Mohamed Salah.Mostafa Hammad said that previously there was a lack of international football academies in Egypt teaching children the fundamental skills of the game.The Liverpool Academy is not focused on producing the next Salah, according to head coach David Ridler, a British former professional footballer who came to Cairo six years ago to run the Madinaty academy.Unlike Hammad, Salah never benefited from such upscale modern training facilities – nor, for that matter, did either of the world's two best players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.While the setting for these academies is a world away from the dirt roads of Salah's modest home village of Nagrig, it is his rise to the player who cost Liverpool 35 million pounds ($49 million) from Roma in June that continues to inspire them.
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