Tens of fans gathered to greet Egyptian football star-player Mohamed Salah in front of his home in an eastern Cairo Suburb, after his address was reportedly made public late on Thursday.
Videos and photos of the crowds who waited to get a glimpse of the Liverpool star went viral on social media.
The growing number of people prompted police to intervene, cordoning off the perimeter of his house as fans continued to wait behind it and sirens blared in the background, online footage and photos showed.
According to BBC journalist Shaimaa Khali, Salah eventually stepped outside to greet the fans and sign autographs.
"Crowds gather outside @MoSalah’s home in #Egypt after his address was leaked on Facebook. So what does he do? He comes out to greet people and sign autographs…," she wrote on Twitter as she shared two photos of him, one where he appears to be signing a T-shirt and another of the crowd.
The 'Egyptian King', who is a national idol and a source of inspiration in Egypt, returned home from Russia after his country's quick elimination from the World Cup at the group stage.
On Friday afternoon, Ahram gate Arabic news website reported that Salah flew with his family to Lebanon's capital, Beirut from Cairo International Airport.
Egyptians have hinged hopes for months on the prolific striker for the country's world cup campaign. The 26-year-old missed the opening game of the tournament against Uruguay due to a shoulder injury he picked up during Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid last month. He scored Egypt's only two goals in the two games he played in Russia, one against the host nation and the other against Saudi Arabia.