Mark Lawrenson Backs Mohamed Salah To Win Ballon d’Or
Liverpool great Mark Lawrenson believes Mohamed Salah has a good chance of ending Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance for the Ballon d’Or. Either Messi or Ronaldo have won one of the last 10 accolades but Lawro suggests this trend could end, should Mohamed Salah guide Liverpool to Champions League success.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: “It will be very difficult not to give him the Ballon d'Or' if he delivers the much-coveted trophy for the Reds. I've not seen anything like it. I think about all those top players who have come from abroad and had a brilliant first season in the Premier League - the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Fernando Torres. Salah has been better than all of them. Liverpool knew they had signed a good player last summer but not in their wildest dreams would they have imagined he would contribute this much.”
Salah has been a dominant presence since his return to the Premier League with Liverpool and he has contributed 43 goals for the club to date. As a result, the Merseyside outfit have been a force to reckon with in both the domestic and European competitions and they have a Champions League final against Real Madrid scheduled later this month.
Meanwhile, on a personal note, Salah has the opportunity to break a couple of goalscoring records before the close of the campaign. The Egyptian is currently on 31 goals for the season and he requires another four goals from the remaining two games in order to become the highest-ever scorer in a single Premier League season.
Elsewhere, Salah is just four goals adrift of matching Ian Rush’s 47-goal tally set during the 1983/84 season and he has a minimum of three games across all competitions in order to at least equal this feat. Liverpool have games against Chelsea and Brighton before their Champions League final date against Real Madrid on May 26.