Elmohamady discusses comparing Salah with Messi, Ronaldo
Aston Villa’s Ahmed Elmohamady thinks his international teammate still has a long way before he can surpass Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi despite an outstanding season in the Premier League.
Mohamed Salah has been in a sensational form since his return to the Premier League coming from AS Roma in the summer of 2017. So far, the Egyptian superstar bagged a total of 43 goals in 48 appearances in addition to 15 assists in all competitions with the Reds.
The winger, who was recently crowned PFA Player of the Year, is only four goals away from beating the record of Liverpool’s historic goal scorer Ian Rush.
All this, along with a number of records he broke, led experts and former footballers to put him in the same bracket with current legends Ronaldo and Messi. He is also being touted as a potential winner of the Ballon d’Or competing with the two players.
Yet, other experts and retired footballers like Roy Kane and former Everton winger Steven Pienaar debated that Salah should first add silverware to Liverpool and stay in this form during the next few seasons.
“It’s only one season…but for the level of Ronaldo and Messi, he has to do it for seven or eight years. He still has a long way to go,” said Ahmed Elmohamady.
Elmohamady is expected to be called up by national team coach Hector Cuper to join the squad in Russia as they return to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 after Salah’s heroic last-gasp penalty in the qualifiers against Congo.
“In training, I don’t worry about him. He is in my pocket,” the former Hull City player joked. “Yeah, yeah, easy in training. But in a game, he turns into a different player. You can see him now, he’s one of the best players in the world. I am happy for him. Hopefully he can continue this form into the World Cup.”
The 30-year-old defender also spoke about Salah’s first Premier League trial with Chelsea assuring that he discussed this before with the winger.
“I spoke to him too many times about this. He took the chance to go away from the Premier League to prove everyone wrong. And he did it to be honest, at Fiorentina and Roma. He came back to the Premier League and you see what he can do now,” he explained.
Right now, Elmohamady’s side are hoping to earn their way back up to the EPL after losing automatic promotion as they aim to win the Championship play-offs after securing fourth place.
Because of this, Elmohamady will not enjoy a break before the World Cup given that he will be preparing to repeat what he did before with Villa coach Steve Bruce when both were part of Hull City and managed to win promotion in the 2015/16 season.
“It’s going to help me to stay fit. I can take days off after the World Cup,” he said. “I wanted automatic and to be off before the World Cup! But hopefully we will make the final now and get his club back to the Premier League, it’s going to be exciting.”
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