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4 reasons why Mohamed Salah will outshine Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal vs Egypt

Sumedh Pande
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Its Mohamed Salah vs Cristiano Ronaldo tonight!

Zurich will be the venue tonight for Portugal vs Egypt as the two teams lock horns in one of the most anticipated friendlies in this treacherous international break. Indeed, all the attention will be on two players who on current form, can safely be said as the most in-form forwards in the world.

More than Portugal vs Egypt, this tie is widely labelled as Cristiano Ronaldo vs Mohamed Salah. On one side, we have the evergreen Portuguese hitman who has come into his own in 2018 while on the other, we have the surprise of the season - Mo Salah, the winger/striker who has taken the Premier League and subsequently, Europe by storm. 

Be it for club or country, both these gentlemen are the most integral part of their respective sides. We can chalk out a number of similarities between the two superstars but in this segment, we will take Salah's side for the sake of argument and derive four reasons why Mohamed Salah will outshine Cristiano Ronaldo in tonight's friendly: 

#4 Salah has been more clinical in front of goal than Ronaldo 

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Salah has taken just 4.41 shots to score a goal this season

The Egyptian is on course to rewrite goalscoring records in the Premier League. Salah 36 goals to his name in all competitions with 28 of those coming in the league. On the other hand, Ronaldo edges Salah by one goal and has 37 goals to his name already. 

Ronaldo averages a goal every 80.1 minutes whereas Salah has taken 90.4 minutes to score each of his 36 goals. But the aspect that puts Salah on a higher pedestal than Ronaldo is his clinical approach in front of goal. According to Opta, Salah has averaged just 4.41 shots to score a goal whereas Ronaldo averages 6.35 to net one. 

Also, the expected goals (xG) ratio pips Salah in front of the Real Madrid man. Using the xG model, it is found out that Ronaldo, based on the number and the difficulty of chances, should have scored 35.75 times this season which is approximate to the number of goals he has this campaign. 

Meanwhile, Salah has a score of just 27.45 goals this season which means that he has been more clinical than Ronaldo and has scored more than he was expected to and from more difficult chances this season. 

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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