Robbie Fowler: Salah must be on Ballon d’Or shortlist
Mohamed Salah was phenomenal this season breaking a number of Premier League records. He had a significant impact with Liverpool in the Premier League as the Reds are close to securing a top-four spot, in addition to leading Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
In addition to that, he is a key player for the Egyptian national team playing an important role that led the Pharaohs to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.
“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,” Fowler said in an article he published in British Daily Mirror. “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.”
Right now, Salah is vying to be the first ever African born to win the PFA Player of the Year award aiming to beat Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne, with the Belgian admitting to having voted for him after his spectacular performances made him deserving of the top gong.
“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,” he added. “Yet so far, Salah has matched them, no doubt.”
After all of his achievements on both club and national level, Fowler believes the Ballon d’Or should not be a two-horse race this year and that journalists must consider Mohamed Salah as a strong contender.
“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,” the club’s legend illustrated. “But it is his incredible role with Egypt that has caught my attention.”
Egyptians can never forget the 25-year-old’s goal and last-gasp penalty in the World Cup qualifier against Congo which guided Egypt to their first World Cup in almost three decades.
“Salah is a hero back home. He has put Egypt back on the map. For what he has achieved in terms of promoting African football as a whole, he deserves to be in contention,” he argued.
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