Emmanuel Amuneke: Mohamed Salah can win Ballon d’Or
The Egypt international has been phenomenal for Liverpool, scoring 39 goals and providing 13 assists in only 43 games across all competitions.
He is currently leading the Premier League Golden Boot race and is tying with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in the race for Europe’s Golden Shoe.
Salah has also broken a number of records since joining the Reds, which made 1994 African Player of the Year Amuneke believe the Egyptian star could beat Messi and Ronaldo to this year’s award.
“Why not? Already, he is being compared to Messi and Ronaldo and I believe that those that are comparing him have gone through to check statistically,” Amuneke told Goal.com
“If it pleases God, he can win it and that will be good for Africa. The last person that won it was George Weah and if someone else from Africa can win it, then it’s a blessing and it shows that our [African] players are really growing.”
Amuneke, who played for Egypt’s Zamalek, Sporting CP of Portugal, and European giants Barcelona, continued praising Mohamed Salah, saying the Egyptian deserves what he is currently achieving.
“I think it’s hard work, patience, dedication, and commitment,” he continued.
“When you look at his journey, you will realise that this player was signed by Chelsea and was loaned to AS Roma, and he is back to England.
“For now, he is so outstanding. Sometimes, when you have God’s favour whatever you do turns into gold. This is what is exactly happening to Salah.
“He is a good player and he deserves whatever he is achieving now. There is nothing like commitment, hard work, discipline and waiting at the right time. This is what [African] players need.
“Everyone in life has his journey and you must learn to wait for your journey at the right time. And when it comes, things will fix itself in the right direction,” he concluded.
The Egyptian won his fourth PFA Player of the Month award this season and he is one of the favourites to win the award alongside Manchester City’s prolific midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
He also became the first Premier League player to be directly involved in fifty goals across all competitions this season after his goal against Manchester City.
Full credits go to Goal.com for the original interview.
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