EPL: Salah strong rival to Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or – Fowler

Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler has stated that forward, Mohamed Salah
is a strong contender for this year's Ballon d'Or and FIFA best player
award dominated by Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's
Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years.

Fowler believes that Salah, who has scored 40 goals across all
competitions for Liverpool this season, is now part of the worldwide
elite footballers, with his remarkable skillset making him comparable
to Messi and Ronaldo.

"I'm putting on the tin hat before suggesting this but Mo Salah surely
deserves to be in the ­running for the Ballon d'Or," Fowler told the
Daily Mirror.

He continued, "I'm not saying he's going to win it, in fact I'm pretty
sure he won't the way the whole thing is structured. But I am saying –
passionately – that it's time to look beyond the almost knee-jerk
leaning towards Ronaldo or Messi.

"Don't get me wrong, they are two of the greatest players the game has
ever seen.

"People get misty eyed over the pair of them, and quite rightly. They
have both had good years, and with a World Cup, both have the chance
for an ­outstanding one. Yet so far, Salah has matched them, no doubt.

"He's probably got more chance of ­winning the Best FIFA Men's Player
award, ­because that is ­in part selected by ­international coaches.
The Ballon d'Or votes are by journalists.

"Even if you put what Mo has done at Liverpool to one side, he's been
astonishing. He has gone from being an ­exciting, quality player, to a
truly world-class one for Jurgen Klopp."
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