‘Serious Liverpool problems’ to hamper Salah in Ballon d’Or

Date published: Wednesday 27th October 2021 11:27 - Will Ford

Germany legend Lothar Matthaus believes Chelsea star Jorginho has a better chance of winning the Ballon d’Or than Mohamed Salah.

Salah has been in stunning form for the Reds this term, with his hat-trick in the 5-0 drubbing of Manchester United taking his season tally to 15 games.

Ten goals in ten games has led the Egyptian to be considered by many as the current best player in world football.

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But while Salah has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or this season, Matthaus believes the “serious problems” he and Liverpool experienced last season will prevent him from winning the gong.

Matthaus told Sky (via HITC): “What Klopp’s superstar Salah has been delivering for a few months is of course absolutely world-class,” he wrote for Sky (h/t HITC ).

“It is quite possible that this will help him a lot in his choice of world footballer. But that was not the case for the whole year.

“In the spring, he and Liverpool had serious problems. Candidate Jorginho from Chelsea has been convincing for almost the entire last season and played a key role in winning the Champions League and the European Championship with Italy.

“He’s not as spectacular as Lewandowski, whom I personally keep my fingers crossed for the most. This time, however, he lacks the international title. Messi won the Copa America with Argentina, but achieved nothing great with Barcelona.

“There are no top favourites.”

Despite Liverpool’s evident problems in the middle part of last season, Salah managed 31 goals in all competitions. So to count him out on that basis would be a bit strange.

Meanwhile, Graeme Souness compared Salah with Cristiano Ronaldo, claiming the career of the latter is “on another level”.

“You can’t compare the two, it’s not just about the last three months,” Souness said.

“There is an argument for Salah being the best player in the world in these three months of the season.

“Ronaldo has got an argument, Ronaldo could sit in any room with any player from any generation and say I’ve been the best player in the history of the game. And people would argue that point. For me he’s certainly up there.

“For [Salah], he’s had several good years at Liverpool, right now he is the best one around but Ronaldo is still on another level to what Salah is in his career, where he is at this stage.”

He added: “If you’re saying I could have a 28-year-old Ronaldo and a 28-year-old Salah, I’d be taking Ronaldo, but right now, and it’s present, and that’s what we’re interested in. Right now you would take Salah because he’s bang on form.”


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