His father is Egyptian, his mother Swiss, but Stephan El Shaarawy is Italian through and through. Born and bred in Savona, ‘The Pharaoh’ is famous for more than his sense of style and mohawk – he's one of the best young players Serie A has produced in recent years.
A pacy forward with nifty dribbling skills, he offers a variety of attacking options as he can operate both as a lone striker or wide on the left in support of a frontman.
Stephan started out at Savona-based Legino Calcio before joining the Genoa academy while still a young boy. He made his Serie A debut with Genoa when barely 16 years old, in an away game against Chievo on 21 December 2008, but showed the first concrete signs of his ability in the 2010-11 season while on loan at Padova in Serie B.
His performances that year - with 25 appearances and seven goals, still barely 18 years old – didn't go unnoticed and AC Milan snapped him up in the summer.
El Shaarawy bagged his first Serie A goal in a 1-1 draw with Udinese at the San Siro on 21 September 2011 and he soon established himself as one of the brightest young players in Serie A, going on to play for the Rossoneri 83 times and scoring 21 goals.
After earning his first Italy call-up he made his full Azzurri debut in a friendly against England on 15 August 2012. He struck his first goal for the senior national side against France at the Stadio Tardini later that year, on 14 November.
In the summer of 2015 he moved to Ligue 1 outfit Monaco on loan but signed for Roma on 26 January 2015 - this time with the aim of staying much longer. A lightning start to life in the capital - he scored a backheel on his debut - saw his deal made permanent in the summer, offering some much-needed stability after a period of uncertainty in his career.
His first full campaign in Giallorossi, 2016-17, ended strongly - with a fine goal against Juventus particularly sticking in the memory. With his versatility a valuable asset (and a World Cup also on the horizon), under new coach Eusebio Di Francesco he will surely be looking to make the most of the opportunities he gets.Show More Show Less