Roy Keane reveals what Salah must do to be in same bracket as Ronaldo, Messi
Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane believes Mohamed Salah still has “to do a bit more” to be compared with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Liverpool winger, who was most recently crowned PFA Player of the Year, is being touted as a potential winner of the Ballon d’Or after his outstanding performances since completing his move to the Premier League side in the summer.
Despite his impressive performance on his debut Liverpool season, which saw him score 43 goals in all competitions so far and lead the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, the former Manchester United captain believes that Salah needs to win trophies with the Reds to be ranked alongside Messi and Ronaldo.
“He’s rightly nominated for the big awards that are going out there,” Keane told ITV Sport.
“I always look at the strikers who are playing well, and he’s being compared to Ronaldo and Messi.
“These boys have also scored 40 goals this season. I think you have to have one or two trophies at the end of the season for your club.
It’s either Messi or Ronaldo who collected the prestigious award since 2007. Salah’s performance, however, raised questions about the possibility of the Egypt international ending Ronaldo and Messi’s decade dominance over the accolade.
“Part of my make-up, when I used to play, was if my strikers are scoring 25-30 goals like Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Teddy [Sheringham], [Ole Gunner] Solskjaer, Mark Hughes, you have to win trophies and Liverpool haven’t done that yet.
“If they can win the Champions League and he ends up scoring in the final, then start giving out the prizes. But he still has to do a bit more for me. And that is getting his hands on a trophy at club level,” the 46-year-old added.
Liverpool earned a 5-2 victory over AS Roma in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final at Anfield, with Salah scoring a brace and providing two assists against his former club. The Serie A side will need to produce a 3-0 comeback in Rome on Wednesday to earn their spot in the final.
In case Liverpool progressed to the final game, they will play against the winner between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, with the La Liga side already having a 2-1 advantage after the first leg on Wednesday.
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