Salah needs more time to win Ballon d’Or, says Elmohamady
Egyptian defender Ahmed Elmohamady believes that Salah needs to be on the level he is right now for the next couple of years to win the Ballon d’Or.
Salah has had a spectacular first season at Anfield, he won both the PFA player of the year and the Premier League player of the season. He also won the Golden Boot after scoring 32 goals in the Premier League, breaking the league’s goalscoring record in a 38-game season.
His performances made many believe that he could be a major contender for the next Ballon d’Or alongside Leonel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However Egypt national team teammate Ahmed Elmohamady believes that the 25-year-old still needs some time to win the prestigious individual award.
“I would love to see that, but I also feel that people are in a hurry a bit when it comes to Salah and the Ballon d’Or,” Elmohamady told Sport360.
“I think for Salah to reach the Ballon d’Or, and be on par with Ronaldo and Messi, he has to be at the level he is at right now for five or six more years, to show consistency so he could reach the level of the Ballon d’Or that currently includes Ronaldo and Messi,” he added.
“But I would love to see Salah part of this conversation, and it would make me very proud. He’s a great player and a great person. But from my point of view, and anyone who knows football well, will say the same thing. He needs to sustain this level for five or six more years to win the Ballon d’Or.I hope he keeps his level and hopefully that prize will be his one day.”
Salah played a major role during Liverpool’s Champions League campaign, scoring 10 goals and producing 5 assists to help them reach the final of the tournament.
Elmohamady believes that leaving was the main reason for Salah’s quick development and reckons that his time in the Serie A has helped him a lot.
“I’m not that surprised. When Salah was with Chelsea, people criticised him for leaving, but I said that he never got his chance to play games the way he is now with Liverpool or how he was with Fiorentina and Roma,” explained Elmohamady,” he continued.
“He took a step that people thought would negatively impact him but it was a very important move for him, going on loan to Fiorentina and then moving to Roma. It was a very important move for him so he could play matches. And he did great with both those teams,”
“And then he returned to the Premier League and the whole world could see how much he has improved, be it mentally or physically. His character on the pitch has transformed completely, even physically he changed,” he confirmed.
“So all these factors helped him win this challenge against himself, returning to the Premier League and proving the whole world wrong. What he has done this year is huge and he deserves it,”
“And I hope his level stays this way through the World Cup so he can help us there because he is crucial for us, along with the other players on the team,” he concluded.
Salah scored Egypt’s winning goal against Congo, securing a spot for the Pharaohs in the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.
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