A young Saudi has become a social media sensation for his hilarious videos imitating famous football commentators.
Abdullah al-Harbi, 30, from east of Saudi Arabia, became popular among young people on social networking sites, with 170,000 followers across his accounts. He is especially known for his funny lip-syncs and imitation of the most popular football commentators in the Middle East.
Al-Harbi stands behind the camera, in the same uniform as the commentator he is depicting. He uses his facial expressions to help viewers visualize the emotions that they don’t get to see while watching football matches.
Al-Harbi is referred to as “Abboud” by his fans and social media followers. Many of his videos have gone viral, especially his latest video featuring Tunisian commentator Raouf Khalif who reacted to Mohammed Salah’s goal in Rome recently.
The most prominent football reporters that Abboud imitated are Tunisian commentators Essam al-Shawali, Raouf Khalif, Algerian Hafeez Darragi, Syrian Ayman Gadah, as well as Youssef Saif and Ali al-Kaabi.
Al-Harbi told Al-Arabiya.net that his hobby began at a young age due to his passion for acting. He said that although he mainly imitates football commentators, he doesn’t cheer for any Saudi club, and he is a big fan of Barcelona team.
He also pointed out that he is seeking to develop as a comedian hoping to get a role in one of the Saudi comedy series.