Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ronaldo versus Salah - the Ballon d'Or on the line?

Ronaldo versus Salah - the Ballon d'Or on the line?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: "It is fantastic to have him around".

The Egyptian worldwide has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, playing a significant role in the club reaching the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev. But I believe Anfield was the place where he reinvented himself this season, and Salah owes Liverpool as much, if not more, then they owe him.

The Egyptian has been phenomenal for Liverpool this season, scoring 44 goals and assisting 16 times, helping them reach their first Champions League final in 11 years.

"For me, Mohamed Salah is the biggest surprise of the season - so many goals in the Premier League and the Champions League", Joachim Löw told Sportbuzzer. Last week the Football Writers' Association declared him Footballer of the Year, and next month he will lead the Egyptian team in its first World Cup finals appearance in 28 years.

But this is the era of the individual, at a time when Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the Ballon d'Or for a decade. "He has the quality, the world-class experience already", he said. He will be hoping to continue his electric form when his side meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final this Saturday.

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"It's a breath of fresh air to see someone from my culture doing well and opening doors for other athletes to be given a level playing field and a chance to shine", said Hafed Aldroubi, 23, a British-Iraqi goalkeeper from Sutton United, a club in the National League, who is now on loan at Chesham United.

While Madrid and Liverpool are contesting the biggest prize in club football, they were far off the pace in their home leagues.

"I am always calm because that's in my nature", Zidane said.

"We started having opportunities to bring young guys into the camps and immediately you knew that Salah was special".

"There were doubts during the year, but I'm very optimistic about the chance to achieve something historic".

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