Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid, commonly known as Mido, is not a name that would immediately ring a bell amongst football fans. But, the 6-feet-2-inch tall striker has played for Ajax, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. And, it was with Spurs that Mido managed to establish himself as a cult hero.
During a loan spell from Roma, Mido became an instant hot favourite amongst Tottenham fans as he bagged 13 goals in 36 matches. His clinical performances in crunch matches saw him securing a permanent move with Spurs in 2016. At the international level, Mido scored 20 goals in 51 appearances for Egypt before calling time on his career in 2013.View this post on Instagram
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But, despite all that, the Egyptian striker gained popularity as the "overweight" footballer after he shared a shirtless picture on Instagram last year. While some compared him to the late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, others called him a water balloon on social media. The body-shaming, then, instigated Mido to answer back in the way he knows best - like a true champion.View this post on Instagram
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Drawing inspiration from the jokes, Mido worked relentlessly in the gym, working with his trainer Aly Mazhar, for countless hours during a day. And, believe it or not, the Egyptian football star lost a staggering 50kg to attain a toned physique.View this post on Instagram
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“Hitting rock bottom after being recognised as an Egyptian football star and starting your coaching career, getting through surgery, changing your lifestyle and deciding to fully commit to it. Set your goal, have a plan, follow it and results will just be a matter of time," Mido's trainer was quoted as saying by The Sun.View this post on Instagram
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"Most importantly BELIEVE in yourself, get the right support system around you and don't listen to all the negative crap around us every single day. That's willpower and full dedication right there. This is the MIDO we all know. Hats off,” Aly Mazhar added.View this post on Instagram
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Following his retirement, Mido was seen analysing Premier League games as a football pundit. More recently, he took over the managerial role at Saudi Arabian side Al Wehda where he has won six out of his opening 12 matches in charge.
And, as he continues to contribute to the sport, Mido has undoubtedly become an inspiration for all those who're struggling to overcome their problems in life.