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Watch: UAE Golden Boy Ali Saleh on Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and why he will never eat haggis

Al Wasl forward, 19, was voted the UAE's best young player and recently received his first call up for the national side

Ali Saleh is the fast-rising star of UAE football having just enjoyed a breakout season with Dubai club Al Wasl.

Aged 19, the forward was voted the 2018/19 Arabian Gulf League Golden Boy, the award given to the division's best young player. Half-Emirati, half-scottish, Saleh will next month join up with the UAE national senior team for the first time.

On the players he most admired watching, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar feature prominently, while he described UAE teammate Omar Abdulrahman as "an unbelievable player".

Saleh took time recently to speak to The National. Get to know the talented youngster by clicking on the video above.

Updated: June 27, 2019 01:57 PM

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