Can Salah pounce on the Ballon d’Or?


Thomas Siniecki, Media365: published on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 4:03 p.m.

The Ballon d’Or will be awarded in a month. Mohamed Salah, given his stratospheric start to the season, will at least claim the top 5. His last exceptional performance, Sunday in Manchester, crowns his month of October.

Mohamed Salah would deserve the Ballon d’Or, as the Egyptian splashes the Premier League with his talent: this month, he scored two anthology goals against Manchester City and Watford, as well as a double in the Champions League against Atlético, before concluding in apotheosis with a historic treble on Sunday at Old Trafford, on the occasion of the 5-0 humiliation inflicted on Manchester United. He is the first player in Reds history to score in ten games in a row. Author of ten goals and five assists in nine Premier League games, he became the best African director of the English league with 107 goals, with three more units than Didier Drogba who held this record with his eight years at Chelsea (from 2004 to 2012). The Pharaoh, he spent a year and a half at Chelsea (from 2013 to 2015) and is entering his fifth season at Liverpool.

Jürgen Klopp is in the best position to « see how strong he is »: « And not just now, in recent weeks … Since he has been with us, he is improving every day. It’s crazy .  » However, he has not won anything this season with Liverpool, which can inevitably work against him in the race for the Ballon d’Or, whose votes ended on Sunday night. Perhaps the best of times to strike one last big blow. The last – and only – African winner remains George Weah in 1995. Faced with Benzema, Lionel Messi, Jorginho or Robert Lewandowski, even Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Basel player or AS Rome has clearly just burst into the race, when no one could reasonably think of him at the end of last season .

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