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Former Everton player Pienaar unsettled about Salah-Messi comparison

Steven Pienaar Mohamed Salah

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Former Everton winger and South African national team captain said that he never doubted Liverpool winger but thinks it is still early to compare him to Barcelona’s .

Mohamed Salah added a new accomplishment to his stunning debut season with Liverpool after he was crowned Player of the Year by the votes of all Premier League players beating Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne after netting 31 goals in 33 appearances.

READ | Salah the first Liverpool player to win PFA on his debut season

“It is early to compare him with Messi,” Pienaar told KweséESPN, “but he’s tough and he’s got the character to build on this season.”

Salah was highly praised by a range of former players and pundits for his impressive form this season. Some compared him to the Argentinian legend and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I think he can be consistent for many, many years, and he’s only young as well,” the former player added.

Pienaar recalled Salah’s time at FC Basel and his short unsuccessful spell with Chelsea which he described as “unlucky” since he thinks he never had the opportunity he is having now with Jurgen Klopp.

“When he left he went to Fiorentina to work on his confidence, and I was never surprised,” he explained.

All eyes will be on the Young Pharaoh in the World Cup as he is expected to shine with Egypt when his national team face hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Group A.

“Back in Africa, we always knew the talent that he’s got. When he played for the national team you could see he was a special, special player,” the former winger said about the reigning African player of the year.

READ | CAF president Ahmad Ahmad congratulates Salah

“He’s just showing what he can produce if you give him an opportunity to play. He’s the first African player to score 40 goals for Liverpool, so he’s a special player.”

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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