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This is how Mo Salah scrambles Ballon d’or with Ronaldo, Messi

Mohamed Salah is a serious contender for the Ballon d’Or and FIFA Best prizes dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, says Fowler

This is how Mo Salah scrambles Ballon d’or with Ronaldo, Messi

Mohamed Salah is a serious contender for the Ballon d’Or and FIFA Best prizes dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, says Fowler

16 April 2018 Monday 13:02
This is how Mo Salah scrambles Ballon d’or with Ronaldo, Messi

The Reds legend has hailed the Egyptian's efforts for club and country this season and feels he has to be in the running for major individual honours

Mohamed Salah is a serious contender for the Ballon d’Or and FIFA Best prizes dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, says Robbie Fowler.

A remarkable debut campaign at Anfield has seen the Egypt international plunder 40 goals across all competitions, while also firing his country to the 2018 World Cup.

His talismanic efforts have earned him plenty of plaudits, and there is the potential of major honours to come as Liverpool chase down Champions League glory and he forms part of a six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Salah is among the frontrunners for that particular prize, but Liverpool legend Fowler feels he could go one better in the months to come by earning recognition as not just the finest player in England, but the best on the planet.

The former Reds striker told the Daily Mirror: “I’m putting on the tin hat before suggesting this but Mo Salah surely deserves to be in the ­running for the Ballon d’Or.

“I’m not saying he’s going to win it, in fact I’m pretty sure he won’t the way the whole thing is structured. But I am saying – passionately - that it’s time to look beyond the almost knee-jerk leaning towards Ronaldo or Messi.

“Don’t get me wrong, they are two of the greatest players the game has ever seen.

“People get misty-eyed over the pair of them, and quite rightly. They have both had good years, and with a World Cup, both have the chance for a ­outstanding one. Yet so far, Salah has matched them, no doubt.

“He’s probably got more chance of ­winning the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, ­because that is ­in part selected by ­international coaches. The Ballon d’Or votes are by journalists.

“Even if you put what Mo has done at Liverpool to one side, he’s been astonishing. He has gone from being an ­exciting, quality player, to a truly world-class one for Jurgen Klopp.”

Fowler added: “Salah has been out of this world. That’s not me just being a rose-tinted Liverpool idiot (though yeah, I’m that too), that’s a striker recognizing class in front of goal.

He added: “People questioned his fee, for someone who was dumped by ­Chelsea. Perhaps that made him anxious, snatching at chances? The fee doesn’t seem so much now, does it?

“Remember his goal against Porto, where he flicked it up then volleyed it in? The truly great strikers can slow things down to read what will happen around them. See all the angles quicker, better than anyone else.

“It’s a gift. And a very rare one. So why shouldn’t he be named in the same golden breath as Ronaldo and Messi for this season?”

Goal.com

Updated: 16.04.2018 16:24
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