Ramadan Sobhi or The Little Pharaoh is scoring records not just in football pitches but also on Social Media. Sobhi, the aspiring Egyptian footballer is without a shadow of doubt, a star in the making. His career started in 2014 with the Ahly First Team as a left winger, when he was only 16 years old.
Whilst maintaining his level of performances, in turn attracting attention from European sides like AS Roma, Udinese, Arsenal and RB Leipzig.
The 19-year old wonder Pharaoh had a very impressive time at Al Ahly winning the Egyptian Premier League and Egyptian Super Cup twice, as well as winning the 2014 CAF Confederations Cup, all before turning 17 years old.
His skills where showcased brilliantly by an incident against Al Ahly’s fierce rivals Zamalek in July 2015, when he capped some showboating by standing on the ball during Cairo derby.
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He did it again later on in the Egyptian Super Cup tie against Zamalek that same season.
Ramadan Sobhi move for Stoke City from Al Ahly
By then he was an inspiring sensational, he impressed Stoke City FC and they signed him as midfielder in July 2016. Egyptians football fans had been anticipating Ramadan Sobhi AKA “The Little Pharaoh” appearance in the English Premier League, all eyes where on him, Stoke City’s fans and Egyptians alike.
Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said on the club’s official website: “We are absolutely delighted to have signed a player of Ramadan’s undoubted quality and potential.
And when he got the chance of game time, how do you think he performed? That’s right, he performed brilliantly again in the Premier League. The aspiring Pharaoh’s skill down the left wing culminated in Stoke’s second goal against Swansea City as Alfie Mawson turned Sobhi’s ball into his own net following a dazzling run from Sobhi.
55- RAMADAN!!!!!!!!!! GET IN!!! pic.twitter.com/jdnidbWldG
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) October 31, 2016
As for the Egyptian National Team, the little Pharaoh’s has proven yet again that he is a real force to be reckoned with when he scored the only goal against Nigeria qualifying Egypt to the AFCON 2017.
The “Little” Pharaoh with 3 Million followers on Social Media:
Once Ramadan Sobhi signed with Stoke City FC, their official Facebook page gained thousands of new followers almost over night, nearly all of them are from Egypt. Their social media platforms have the highest increase of followers than any other club (+15%). Since signing, Egypt became Stoke City FC’s third largest fan location!
Stoke City FC has even created an Arabic Facebook page to cater to the Egyptian and Arab Fans that follows the youngster Pharaoh.
According to UK-based sporting brand value consultancy Brandtix, aspiring Pharaoh Ramadan Sobhi is the most followed player in the Premier League aged 20 and below with three million followers across the Twitter and Instagram platforms. And that is on the back of just eight Premier League appearances
— Brandtix (@BrandtixSports) February 13, 2017
The young Pharaoh is considered a great inspiration to millions of football fans worldwide. His skills and development curve is definitely rising as the starlet protected the ball against Crystal Palace in the EPL and managed to pass it to his teammate Joe Allen to score the winning goal.
Joe Allen later praises Ramadan Sobhi saying: “He did all the hard work in all honesty. It was a good ball from him after Marko Arnautovic had played a great ball over the top. It would have been easy for Ramadan to have seen his chance at glory and try to put it away himself but he kept his composure and put it on a plate for me,”
Allen added: “I’m really grateful and on top of setting me up for the goal I thought he was brilliant all day. For the rest of the season and the future he’s going to be a big player for this club.”
This was the Pharaoh’s first appearance in the EPL after returning from Gabon following the AFCON 2017.
Football Players that have the most followers on social media:
With estimate of 3.5 billion football fans worldwide, football is a strong emotional bond between footballers and fans!
Social media and smartphones “approximately 2.6 billion smartphone users worldwide” have made it easier for football players to interact with their fans in a more humane and engaging manner. Strengthening this emotional bond even more.
10) Marcelo – Real Madrid – 15.4 million followers
9) David Luiz – Chelsea – 15.8 million followers
8) Ronaldinho – 19.9 million followers
7) Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United – 26.4 million followers
6) Gareth Bale – Real Madrid – 26.4 million followers
5) James Rodriguez – Real Madrid – 28.8 million followers
4) David Beckham – 32.9 million followers
3) Lionel Messi – Barcelona – 64.5 million followers
2) Neymar – Barcelona – 67.5 million followers
1) Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid – 90.3 million followers
Football is more than just a game, it unites countries and connect people from all around the world with one passion in common.
And social media is making it so much easier to interact and get inspired by your favorite football idols. Keep the inspiration and dream big!