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Salah could compete for Ballon d’Or on one condition, says Jose Mourinho

Photo: Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Legendary Portuguese manager believes that could compete for the Ballon d’Or as long as he wins the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

On Saturday night, Salah became the first Egyptian to win the UEFA Champions League after leading to a 2-0 win over Tottenham in the final.

READSalah: I have fulfilled a childhood dream by winning Champions League

The 26-year-old opened the scoring less than two minutes after kick-off from the penalty spot, marking the second fastest goal in a Champions League final, before Origi scored the second goal in the 87th minute.

In addition to this achievement, the former Roma man also won the Premier League Golden Boot for the second year in a row.

However his former manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, told beIN Sports that Salah could compete for the Ballon d’Or only if he manages to win the AFCON with the Pharaohs.

“Salah has to win the African Cup of Nations if he wants to compete for the Ballon d’Or,” said Mourinho.

“The tournament is taking place in Egypt, which makes it a demand that has to be achieved,” he added.

Egypt were drawn in a fairly easy group alongside Zimbabwe, Uganda and DR Congo. They will kick-off their AFCON journey on June 21 against Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium.

The seven-time champions will be looking to lift the long-awaited trophy, especially after losing to Cameroon two years ago in the final.



  1. Nicholas Gill

    June 2, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    If Netherlands win the European league of Nations then Virgil van Dyk should win the Balon d’or

    • Ahmed

      June 2, 2019 at 10:18 PM

      Agreed, the man has been nothing but faultless. Best center back in the world. He has been integral to every point and every win Liverpool got this year.

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