Salah to rival Messi & Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or - Fowler

International Edition By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 16/04/2018

Mohamed Salah is a serious contender for the Ballon d’Or and FIFA Best prizes dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, says Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.

The 25-year-old Egypt international has been in stunning form for the Reds since his summer switch from Roma and he scored his 40th goals in the season across all competitions against Bournemouth over the weekend.

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Salah has been part of a six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award as Liverpool chase down Champions League glory.

Liverpool legend Fowler feels that Premier League top scorer can be better in the months to come by earning recognition as not just the finest player in England, but the star that breaks Messi and Ronaldo dominant since 2007.

Former England international and Liverpool quoted by Goal via (Daily Mirror:) “I’m putting on the tin hat before suggesting this but Mo Salah surely deserves to be in the ­running for the Ballon d’Or.

"I’m not saying he’s going to win it, in fact I’m pretty sure he won’t the way the whole thing is structured. But I am saying – passionately - that it’s time to look beyond the almost knee-jerk leaning towards Ronaldo or Messi.

"Don’t get me wrong, they are two of the greatest players the game has ever seen.

"People get misty eyed over the pair of them, and quite rightly. They have both had good years, and with a World Cup, both have the chance for a ­outstanding one. Yet so far, Salah has matched them, no doubt.

"He’s probably got more chance of ­winning the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, ­because that is ­in part selected by ­international coaches. The Ballon d’Or votes are by journalists.

"Even if you put what Mo has done at Liverpool to one side, he’s been astonishing. He has gone from being an ­exciting, quality player, to a truly world-class one for Jurgen Klopp.”

Salah has been out of this world. That’s not me just being a rose-tinted Liverpool idiot (though yeah, I’m that too), that’s a striker recognising class in front of goal Fowler added.

"You can see exactly how good he is in the goals he scores. Look at the two City games. He was relatively quiet in both, yet in both matches, he scored the goal that turned the whole tie on its head. That’s what truly great players do. That’s why they are great players.

"They do nothing for 80 minutes, and then produce something ­sublime at the most suffocating pressure moment of the entire game. Consistently. Salah has done that.”

"People questioned his fee, for someone who was dumped by ­Chelsea. Perhaps that made him anxious, snatching at chances? The fee doesn’t seem so much now, does it?

"Remember his goal against Porto, where he flicked it up then volleyed it in? The truly great strikers can slow things down to read what will happen around them. See all the angles quicker, better than anyone else.

"It’s a gift. And a very rare one. So why shouldn’t he be named in the same golden breath as Ronaldo and Messi for this season?”

Liverpool snapped up Salah for £36.9 million in the summer of 2017.

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