The 2018 FIFA World Cup opens up June 14 and pits Saudi Arabia against Russia in the inaugural match.
Saudi Arabia’s left winger Yahya Al-Shehri will be one of big names in this World Cup for Saudi Arabia. He plays a vital role in the offense of Saudi Arabia and will certainly be one of the talked about names during this tournament.
Since Saudi Arabia plays Russia in their first match there will be a lot of eyes on this game in particular.
Here’s what you need to know about Yahya Al-Shehri.
1. Al-Shehri Signed The Largest Deal in The History of Saudi Football
Yahya Al-Shehri is a member of Al-Nassr FC, which is one of the more popular football clubs in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Shehri’s deal with the club is worth 48 million Saudi Riyal, which translates into about 12.8 million US dollars, making it the largest deal ever signed in the history of Saudi Football.
Despite the large deal, Al-Shehri’s still not the household name you’d expect him to be but he’ll certainly look to make an impact in this year’s World Cup.
His market value is rising even higher with his strong play going into the World Cup and if his performance continues he could be looking at an even higher payday.
2. Al-Shehri Was Loaned to CD Leganes
In an effort to build the Saudi Arabia football brand, Al-Shehri was loaned to Leganes earlier this year.
“Leganes Sports Club signed on Sunday afternoon the Saudi Arabian left-footed striker Yahya al-Shehri, who played 37 matches for the first national team with whom he qualified for the 2018 World Cup, on loan from Al-Nassr,” the club confirmed in a statement according to efe.com
The competition is tough with Leganes since they are in one of the top leagues in the world, La Liga. It also gave Al-Shehri some stiffer competition to properly prepare for Saudi Arabia’s appearance in the World Cup.
Al-Shehri has mentioned Lionel Messi is one of the many players he looks up to and this seems like a logical step towards possibly facing him in the future. He did share a cover with him for the Saudi Arabian version of FIFA 15.
3. Al-Shehri Wants to Bring Glory to Saudi Arabia Through The World Cup
Al-Nassr’s Yahya Al-Shehri and Messi on the FIFA 15 cover for Saudi Arabia #EASports pic.twitter.com/l7OS54oDSM
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