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Mohamed Salah more difficult to stop than Messi, says Rafael Benítez

Mohamed Salah more difficult to stop than Messi, says Rafael Benítez

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benítez believes is more difficult to stop than Lionel Messi, saying the Egyptian has more mobility.

Mohamed Salah has recently won the Premier League Player of the Season award as well as the Golden Boot after scoring 32 goals in 36 league games.

READ: Patrick Kluivert: Mohamed Salah is the new Messi

He also managed to land the PFA Player of the Year award and the Football Writers’ Player of the Year, as well as winning Liverpool’s Player of the Year award.

The Egyptian helped Liverpool seal a spot in next season’s Champions League, and has an opportunity to win it this season when they face holders Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26.

And former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Rafael Benítez has made a big claim about Mohamed Salah ahead of the Champions League final.

Mohamed Salah

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READ: Comparing Salah to Messi, Ronaldo sort of exaggeration, says Puyol

In an interview with Marca, Benítez was asked how should Real Madrid stop Salah like Alvaro Arbeloa did against Messi, when the Spanish manager guided Liverpool to a famous 2-1 win at the Camp Nou in 2007.

“The difference between Salah and that Messi is that Barcelona played with a fixed front line and Salah has more mobility. That makes it more difficult to stop him,” Benítez replied.

Mohamed Salah will be hoping to become the only second Arab to lift the Champions League title after Algeria’s Rabah Madjer, who won it with FC Porto against Bayern Munich in 1987.

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