Mido scored 19 goals for the Egyptian national team in 50 matches, and is ranked No. 11 in the list of more than registered for the Pharaohs equally with Ahmed Bilal and Mohamed Nagy “Gedo”.
Mido said on Al-Nahar TV: “I played half a career with the Egyptian national team. Since I was 23 years old, I have not played many matches with the team.”
He continued, “Since my quarrel with Hassan Shehata, I have not participated much. If not for this quarrel, I would have been the second most record for the team behind Hussam Hassan.”
“I would have scored nearly 53 goals in more than 100 matches,” he added.
The late, veteran Hassan El Shazly was the second most scored in the history of the Egyptian national team, with 42 goals behind icon Hossam Hassan, who scored 68 goals.
But Mohamed Salah, the star of Liverpool, snatched the runner-up from Chadli and reached his 43rd goal with the Pharaohs after scoring twice against Comoros on Monday in a match that Egypt won by four goals without a response in the 2021 African Cup qualifiers.
Mido said of Salah: “He is the best player in the history of Egypt, followed by Hossam Hassan.”
After Mido famously quarreled with Shehata in the meeting between Egypt and Senegal in the 2006 African Cup semi-final, the first participated in 8 matches with the Pharaohs and did not score.