Luis Garcia’s only condition for Salah to win Ballon d’Or
Former Liverpool winger Luis Garcia believes that Mohamed Salah can beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Ballon d’Or if he manages to win the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah is having by far the best season of his professional career as he already scored 41 goals across all competitions and is only six goals away from equaling Ian Rush’s record as the player with the most goals in a single season for Liverpool.
Garcia, who won the Champions League with the Reds in 2005, thinks that given Salah’s tremendous performances this season and contributions to his team he can be a serious contender to Messi and Ronaldo if he led his club to win the top-division championship for European clubs.
“Salah has been incredible,” said the Spaniard. “He has been the best player in the Premier League this year and if Liverpool win the Champions League then he surely must be there for the Ballon d’Or.”
The Egyptian star and his teammates are preparing to take on AS Roma in UEFA Champions League semi-final as both teams clash on Tuesday. They recently suffered from a disappointing 2-2 draw against bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion.
“Why not? He has been sensational this season – not just with his goals but with the way he works with his team-mates,” he added. “Messi and Ronaldo have been the best for so long now, but I think Salah can challenge them.”
Salah is one of the favorites to win the PFA Player of the Year award competing alongside Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
“I am not saying he will win it. But, yes, if Liverpool win in Europe then he has to be in with a chance,” Garcia explained. “The Ballon d’Or is for players who win the big trophies – and that means winning the Champions League. He’s had an amazing year, not just for Liverpool but also for Egypt.”
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