Boxer Tony Bellew: Salah should have continued playing despite injury
British professional boxer and Everton supporter Tony Bellow claimed that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah should have stayed and continued playing in the final Champions League match against Real Madrid in spite of his shoulder injury.
The former Chelsea and AS Roma player was forced off the field 29 minutes into the Champions League final which left the whole English side in shock, later affecting their form and performance.
In a column he published at Mirror.co.uk, boxer Tony Bellow discussed Salah’s injury comparing it to a similar recent incident in a boxing match in which boxer Vasyl Lomachenko popped his shoulder out when facing Jorge Linares and carried on fighting for eight rounds.
“They were on the front foot at the start of the game, they looked like they were going to win it. For being such a fantastic team, when Salah went off they didn’t look like one,” he said.
“They were guys who didn’t know what their roles were or what they were doing. When Salah was on the pitch they looked threatening.”
The 25-year-old winger had sustained an unfortunate tough shoulder injury during a duel between him and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. It is still not confirmed if he will be able to join the Egyptian national team for their first match in Group A against Uruguay.
“It’s unbelievable Vasyl Lomachenko tore his shoulder against Jorge Linares and continued fighting for another eight rounds,” Bellew added comparing the two incidents. “Mohamed Salah got a bruise on his shoulder and went off in the biggest game of his life.”
“That’s no disrespect to Salah, he’s been the best player in the world this year. He should win the Ballon d’Or,” he said. “But ultimately, when you’re going into the biggest game of your life the only way you should be coming off that pitch is on a stretcher.”
“Strap it up, stick a needle in it, some painkillers – do whatever needs to be done because if Salah stays on that pitch Liverpool have a 25 percent more chance of winning that game.”
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