Brazilian legend Rivaldo has heaped reward on Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah and feels it’s proper that he’s within the combine for this 12 months’s Ballon d’Or.
Salah, 29, is having fun with a superb campaign for the Reds, with six targets from seven Premier League outings. The Egypt worldwide has reached three figures for the Merseysiders with 101 league goals to his name. And he has notched 134 in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s facet after taking his sport to a brand new stage.
A number of pundits really feel he’s presently on a par with star duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. And Rivaldo – 1999 Ballon d’Or winner – agrees there are few who can declare to be his equal on present type.
“Liverpool’s Egyptian ahead is producing a implausible begin of season with spectacular stats and a sensational purpose in opposition to Manchester Metropolis final weekend,” he instructed Betfair, per The Echo.
“He’s top-of-the-line gamers on the planet proper now as a result of his astonishing numbers by way of targets and assists are obtained within the Premier League and Champions League, two of probably the most tough competitions within the planet.”
Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the coveted award for the previous 12 years. Manchester United’s Portugal ace has taken it 5 occasions whereas Messi has been honoured on six events.
Solely Croatia worldwide Luka Modric has damaged their stranglehold, successful in 2018. Messi was topped in 2019 and nonetheless holds the accolade because the pandemic meant there have been no awards in 2020.
Salah amongst favourites for Ballon d’Or
The 30-man shortlist for the 2021 version has now been revealed, with 14 Premier League gamers up for the award.
The gamers nominated are;
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea, Spain), Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan, Italy), Karim Benzema (Actual Madrid, France), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, Italy), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis, Belgium), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus, Italy), Ruben Dias (Manchester Metropolis, Portugal), Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG, Italy), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, Portugal), Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis, England), Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, Norway), Jorginho (Chelsea, Italy), Harry Kane (Tottenham, England), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France), Simon Kjaer (AC Milan, Denmark), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, Belgium), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis, Algeria), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan, Argentina), Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France), Lionel Messi (PSG, Argentina), Luka Modric (Actual Madrid, Croatia), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal, Spain), Mason Mount (Chelsea, England), Neymar (PSG, Brazil). Pedri (Barcelona, Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt), Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis, England), Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay)
The standard suspects are there and Messi is favorite to make it seven titles.
However former Barcelona ace Rivaldo believes Salah has each proper to be talked about in the identical breath as the most effective.
“If you end up so good in demanding situations, then in fact you’re a prime participant who deserves to be among the many contenders for the Ballon d’Or this season,” he added.