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Sun. May 22nd, 2022

Express

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has spoken for the first time since finishing a disappointing seventh in this year’s Ballon d’Or awards. Salah has enjoyed a prolific year for the Reds but was snubbed at the awards ceremony as Lionel Messi took home a seventh trophy.

Salah had scored 32 club goals in 2021 going into the awards ceremony on Monday night, the same number as Messi, and added to that tally in Liverpool’s thumping Merseyside derby win over Everton on Wednesday.

The Egyptian maintained his brilliant form by scoring twice in the Reds’ 4-1 win at Goodison Park and was then asked on Prime Video his thoughts about the Ballon d’Or.

“I have no comment,” he replied.

He was then asked if he could finish higher in 2022, to which he responded: “Hopefully, winner or not.”

Salah may be coy on his chances of breaking Messi and Ronaldo’s dominance of the award – something only Luka Modric has done since 2007 – but Messi himself knows he will have tough competition.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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