Ballon d’Or and FIFA Best battles:Mohamed Salah strong rival to Messi, Ronaldo-Fowler

The Reds legend Robbie Fowler has stated that 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.

Salah, who has scored 40 goals across all competitions for Liverpool this season, is now part of the worldwide elite footballers, with his remarkable skillset making him comparable to Messi and Ronaldo.

Liverpool snapped up 25-year-old Salah for £36.9 million in the summer of 2017, with his efforts over the course of 2017-18 making that look like quite the bargainis now part of the global elite, with his remarkable skill set making him comparable to Barcelona and Real Madrid superstars Messi and Ronaldo.

legend Fowler feels he could go one better in the months to come by earning recognition as not just the finest player in England, but the best on the planet.

Fowler said,“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.

The former Reds striker told the Daily Mirror: “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 an ­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.

“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?”

“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.

“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.

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