Stoke’s Ramadan Sobhi: ‘It was not arrogance, it was just a bit of skill’

The Egyptian winger, known as Ramadona, sparked controversy by standing on the ball in a Cairo derby. He reflects on that incident, questions over his age, a fall-out with his former coach and why his Muslim faith helps his game

For a 20-year-old, Ramadan Sobhi’s career in football has so far been quite a journey. He has, in no particular order, played in front of 100,000 fanatical supporters in Egypt, got an opponent sent off after standing on the ball mid-game, fallen out with his coach at Al Ahly and acquired the nickname “Ramadona”.

The Egyptian winger, who has made 16 league appearances for Stoke City during his first season in England, has hardly had time to stop and reflect. TodayOn Sunday he hopes to add another, his final of the season, for Mark Hughes’s side at Southampton before taking a well-earned break. Next season, he hopes, will be his big breakthrough.

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