Iraqi footballer Hussein Ali, who plays for the Iraqi Al-Zawraa FC and is a lookalike of Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, poses for pictures in the capital Baghdad, on June 4, 2018. / AFP / SABAH ARAR
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BAGHDAD: With his black beard, curly hair and football shirt, Iraqi striker Hussein Ali is often mistaken for one of the world's top players: Egypt's Mohamed Salah.In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, 20-year-old Ali is frequently stopped in his working-class Hurriya neighborhood by people wanting a photograph with their idol.Although he is himself a striker, for the Al-Zawraa club, it is Ali's likeness to Salah which piques Iraqis' interest.Back when Salah was playing for AS Roma, Ali was aware of the resemblance but took the comments as "a joke".While such confusion amuses him, Ali's similarity to Salah has prompted him to rethink his own life.Passionate about football since his was little, Ali made it onto the B team of Al-Zawraa, Iraq's most decorated club.
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