Michel Salgado: Mohamed Salah is at the start of his peak
Mohamed Salah made it to the final three-player shortlist for the best player in the world along with Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo. The 26-year-old forward finished third in the annual FIFA award behind the winner Modric and Ronaldo who came in the second place.
“It’s very difficult to find a player who can change a game every day and that’s the kind of character you get with Salah,” Salgado said to reporters at the awards. “He has pace, which is so important in modern football. That’s why he’s different. And he’s really happy now playing for Liverpool, because of the style of football they play right now.”
Despite coming in third place behind Modric and Ronaldo, Salah’s strike in the Merseyside derby took 38 percent of the votes for the Puskas award beating Gareth Bale’s overhead kick against Liverpool in the Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrobatic strike against Juventus, and Pavard’s volley against Argentina.
“He has found the right team and the right coach, I can see that Klopp is able to get the most out of him. Mo is a contender for everything and is a guy who has more to show. You can feel when you train with him, that he is a different player.
“Mo was unlucky last season because he could have won everything. The injury in the Champions League final was crucial for him and the team,” the former Real Madrid star added.
“We could see in the World Cup that young players like Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are going to come and give something extra on which we can focus. Those two stand out now for how they play.
“Salah already in there. I can’t talk about him as the future. He is 26. Mo will be there for three or four years, maybe.”
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