Liverpool legend Michael Owen tips Salah for Ballon d’Or
Ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen tipped Mohamed Salah as a favorite to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or if Liverpool win the Champions League.
Owen spoke in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca about Liverpool and Real Madrid chances of winning the Champions League, Mohamed Salah to Madrid and Salah’s chances of winning the Ballon d’Or.
“Liverpool have achieved very important results against the great teams this season, and it is good for them to face clubs at the highest level. Maybe they don’t play so well against teams that only want to defend and put players behind the ball. With a natural game that’s so fast, they can beat anyone,” Owen said.
When he was asked about the importance of winning a big European title again to Liverpool he said that if the ‘Reds’ win the title they will return to the top table of European football.
“Liverpool have been growing as a team little by little during the last few years and now they’re very strong. For several years they had a good attack but were very bad in defence, and now they are improving in that facet. Van Dijk is a player at a very high level, his arrival has helped a lot. It seems to me that Liverpool will be among the best teams in Europe during these coming few years. They won the Champions League in 2005, but didn’t have a particularly good team.”
Owen is no stranger to the award, after winning it in 2001. He has gone to tip England’s best player and top scorer to follow his footsteps.
“I think a lot will depend on who wins the Champions League. If Real Madrid wins, then Cristiano will be there once more. If Liverpool does it, Salah would be favourite. He has been absolutely brilliant this year, and has done very well in the Egypt team, taking them to the World Cup,” Owen expressed.
After his sensational performance with Liverpool, Salah has been heavily linked with Real Madrid but Owen believes the Egyptian will stay at Anfield next season.
“I think it’s normal that Real Madrid are interested in all the best players in the world, that’s exactly how it has to be and how the club should work, but I don’t think Salah is going to leave. I think Salah is very happy at Liverpool, he has had a great season and will be a key part in the exciting times ahead”
Mohamed Salah is set to face Real Madrid with Liverpool in the Champions League final on the 26th of May to decide the European Champion.
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