Salah like Ronaldo and Messi?

Liverpool striker wins Player of the Season - once again

Liverpool Echo

Salah on why he should NOT be compared to Ronaldo or Messi

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah says it's too soon to compare him to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Egyptian winger has plundered 43 goals during a dream debut campaign for the Reds and has emerged as a strong contender for this year's Ballon d'Or.

However, Salah believes he's not yet in the same bracket as Messi and Ronaldo.

"I don't want to say I am happy with these kind of comparisons," Salah told Egyptian TV channel ON E.

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Mohamed Salah can't stop bagging goals and awards at Liverpool this season

By Daniel J. McLaughlin

There is no doubt whatsoever that Mohamed Salah has had one of the best seasons of his career. He has been outstanding up front for Liverpool, netting 44 times for the Merseyside club. The Egyptian striker has helped guide the Reds to their first Champions League final since the 2006-07 season. As well as his goals, he has picked up quite a few accolades along the way.

The 25-year-old has been named Player of the Season not once, not twice, but three times by different awarding bodies. Salah added the Premier League Player of the Season to his collection, after picking up the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year awards.

Overall, he has won 34 individual awards during his stunning debut season at Liverpool, the Daily Mail reports. He has picked up weekly awards, such as the Champions League Player of the Week and Goal of the Week, as well as being named PFA Player of the Month four times. He has also won BBC African Footballer of the Year and Arab Footballer of the Year.

Collecting his recent reward, the Liverpool star said: "I'm very happy, it's an honour to win this award. It was always in my mind to come back to the Premier League to show the people that say I didn't succeed here the first time."

He also paid tribute to his manager, Jurgen Klopp, who he believes played a key part to his fantastic performances this year.

Salah said: "Before everything, we are friends, I like him a lot. He has helped me a lot to do what I'm doing now, on the field and off it, I have to thank him for everything he has done this year.

"I really, really respect him a lot and I'm sure we are going to do something special for the club this year."

In their final Premier League game this campaign, Liverpool dominated Brighton at Anfield in a 4-0 thrashing, as the Reds looked to secure a top-four spot. In the end, it didn't matter what the score was, with Newcastle United's 3-0 win against Chelsea confirming Liverpool's Champions League place, but the Reds gave their fans a great end-of-season party.

Salah ended a three-game goal drought - seemingly an age for the prolific goalscorer - against the Seagulls. He opened the scoring by picking up a flick from Dominic Solanke, hitting a cool low finish right into the corner in the 26th minute.

This goal moved his Premier League tally up to 32 goals, setting a new record in the league. The previous record was shared by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo, and former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Shearer, who netted his 31 goals in Blackburn Rovers' league-winning season in 1994-95, passed on his congratulations.

The Match of the Day pundit said: "You've had a magnificent season. What an impact you've had in that Liverpool team. It must be a joy to play in that team with so many chances created. Keep up the good work!"

The final day of the season confirmed that he had pipped Tottenham striker Harry Kane to the Premier League Golden Boot. Before Spurs faced Leicester City at Wembley, there was a three-goal gap between Kane and Salah. The England striker closed the gap in the seventh minute, but it reverted back when Salah scored against Brighton. Kane continued his hunt for his third successive Golden Boot by adding another goal in the high-scoring game against the Foxes, pushing Spurs ahead 5-4.

Liverpool play Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday, May 26 (K.O. 7.45pm). The game will be available to watch on BT Sport 2.

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The Guardian

Mo Salah can challenge Ronaldo and Messi for Ballon d'Or, says Lovren

Mohamed Salah has already shot past Kevin De Bruyne to take the first individual award of the domestic season; now bookmakers are starting to wake up to the possibility of Liverpool's goal machine breaking the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly in the Ballon d'Or at the end of the year.

The Egyptian has 43 goals in 47 clubs games this season, which is incredible enough, and thanks in no small part to his contribution against Roma his club are favourites to reach the Champions League final.

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