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Can Mo Salah Win The Ballon d’Or?

Can Mo Salah Win The Ballon d’Or?

  • May 31,2018
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  • Asher K

Mo Salah
It would be an understatement to say that Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has had a good season. The electric Egyptian scored 32 goals for Liverpool in the Premier League, securing Champions League qualification as he leads a dynamic Reds side under Jurgen Klopp to a fourth-place finish and a Champions League final. Talk of Salah being a candidate for the Ballon d’Or gathered momentum up until the eve of the final in Kiev.

He was tipped by many to break the duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. It was seen as a showdown of sorts, not only for the biggest team trophy in the football but also the individual one. The History books tell us that winning this coveted trophy is of utmost importance when it comes to deciding who is given the Ballon d'Or.
It takes more than just goals to win the votes of players, managers and prominent journalists from around the world. Ronaldo managed an unimaginable 61 goals in the 2014-15 season and still lost out to Messi, who only scored a slightly inferior 58. 8 of the last 11 winners had also inspired their teams to Champions League titles in the same year.

Can Salah Win?
With Liverpool having lost in Kiev, Salah’s only real chance of winning the Ballon d’Or now lies with taking Egypt as far as possible at the World Cup. If Egypt wins the World Cup, then Mo Salah is a no-brainer for the Golden Ball, but that possibility would also comprise the biggest surprise in the history of international football. Egypt’s main problem is that they will likely face Spain or Portugal if they progress from Group A in Russia. They are currently 300/1 to lift the World Cup while Salah, despite his prolific form, remains an outside bet (50/1) to finish top scorer. We might have to wait another few years before we see the duopoly broken.

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