5 reasons why Mohamed Salah can win the Ballon d'Or next year
Salah has been challenging the likes of Messi and Ronaldo at the top of the scoring charts. Can he clinch the big prize?
The topic of Mohamed Salah must be tiring right now, but it is a matter worth taking up, given the arrival of a player who finally appears to be capable enough to challenge the monopoly of two living legends - Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - for the Ballon d'Or.
Mohamed Salah, the player who didn't even cost half of what Paul Pogba did to Manchester United, has shocked many footballing minds this season. What the fans have witnessed from the Egyptian so far, needs no introduction.
The former Reds winger Harry Kewell believes Salah could finally end the stranglehold of Messi and Ronaldo on the prestigious award.
“People are saying about Player of the Year, but I’d even go that next step. If he was to have a fantastic World Cup, gets a couple of goals and plays well, and then continues again next season, why not go for the Ballon d’Or? He’s got the goals, I don’t see why he couldn’t win it."
That said, here is a look at 5 reasons why the Liverpool forward could win the Ballon d'Or in 2019:
#5 Getting better and better
The winger has been repeatedly delivering some moments of absolute genius on the pitch, since arriving in England.
At the start of the season, he appeared to be heavily reliant on his left foot for any sort of fruitful creativity. When pushed to the by-line on the right-wing, he was unable to produce a cross and instead looked to cut-back inside.
He has simply eradicated that problem since then, and has balanced his game on either feet - however with the left being more lethal of the two. As the season progressed, the 25-year-old has improved his dribbling and has worked on his composure in the final-third.
Against Watford, he produced a performance which will repeatedly be played in the Premier League archives. At the moment, he appears to be a player tailormade for this Liverpool team and English football.
Klopp has also used the Egyptian in the centre-forward position occasionally, indicating Salah's versatility.
Presently, Salah appears only to be getting better with every outing in a red shirt. If he manages to keep his stride, it wouldn't be hard imagining him contesting for the big-night in France.