The Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is now an honorary citizen of the Russian republic.
Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov has made Egypt striker Mohamed Salah an honorary citizen of the southern Russian region at a farewell banquet held for the eliminated World Cup side.
The 26 year old has been pictured with Kadyrov, who was accused of using the player for political propaganda.
Salah is at the World Cup in Russia with Egypt, whose training base is in the Chechen capital Grozny.
Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of Chechnya! That’s right!” Kadyrov wrote on Friday.
“At a gala dinner, which I gave in honour of the Egyptian team, I handed Mohamed Salah a copy of the decree and a badge. This is a deserved title.”
Kadyrov handed Mr Salah a decree declaring him a citizen and pinned a medal on his chest at a dinner in honour of the Egypt team, who are training in Chechnya during the World Cup.
“Mohamed Salah thanked us for our surprisingly warm and good hospitality, great affection for the team and excellent conditions for their stay and training,” Kadyrov, who was banned last year from his beloved Instagram, wrote on Russian social network VK. “I’m sure our Akhmat club and the Egypt team will at some point hold a friendly match in Grozny.”