He asks a lot of questions about his performance in October: Is Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah the best player in the world today? Even better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi?
The Egyptian striker of Liverpool continues his brilliance for Liverpool. Before the international break, he made headlines for his world class goal and assist against Manchester City, where he demonstrated a combination of speed, skill and game-breaking ability that is unique among the best players in the world. He returned to it in Liverpool’s first game after the international break against Watford with a crucial pass in Liverpool’s first goal.
With 10 goals and four assists in 10 games across all competitions this season, and the top spot in the Premier League’s scoring race, it’s surprising that the talk about Salah has taken so long to surface. But everyone paid attention to Salah’s performance against Man City. NBA star LeBron James, the minority owner in Liverpool:
Salah scored eight consecutive matches in all competitions, the club’s longest scoring streak. It shows no signs of slowing down.
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Mohamed Salah shines for Liverpool
Salah’s goal and assist against Watford on 16 October was the latest sign of the player at his best. Both were great:
This comes on the heels of his performance on 3 October against Manchester City where no one will forget the individual effort on the goal he scored to give Liverpool a temporary 2-1 lead (match ended 2-2). Some describe him as the best goal in the Premier League, but his shot against Watford is equal. His fast foot, acceleration, and accuracy at the end were exhilarating:
“This club never forgets anything and people will be talking about that goal for a long time, in 56 years when they still remember this game,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp later said in his post-match press conference.
This is not the first goal [Salah] Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He scored like this. He’s pure world class. What a player. He also made the first goal for Sadio. [Mane] And it was a great goal, too.”
Jurgen Klopp: “If Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo scores that goal, the world says it’s world-class. It is [Salah] He’s one of the best players in the world, that’s how it is.” # lover [pa] pic.twitter.com/GRVpaJWDKi
– Anfield Watch (AnfieldWatch) October 3, 2021
Salah’s pass to Mane in the same match showed many of the same traits that were present in his net. Skill, movement speed, level of decision making and execution are rare and remarkable even at this level:
Is Mohamed Salah the best player in the world today?
Salah has done it so far this season, and his goals have helped Liverpool remain undefeated in all competitions (7-0-3), outperforming their opponents 28-9. He doesn’t do it alone – his teammates Mane (six goals) and Diogo Jota (three goals) have also amassed strong numbers and predictable goals/assists – but Salah consistently comes out with crucial games as evidenced by his seven-match scoring streak. .
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Are there other players in better shape than Salah at the moment? In Europe’s top five leagues, few players are enjoying a great start to their season. Here are some obvious names that might be included in that group (listed in alphabetical order with stats covering all competitions in 2021-22):
|Karim Benzema||real Madrid||10||7|
|Erling Haaland||Borussia Dortmund||11||4|
|Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||13||1|
|Kylian Mbappe||Paris Saint-Germain||5||6|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||5||0|
With 36-year-old Ronaldo and 34-year-old Messi continuing to find their way with the new teams this year, this could be the season when Salah trumps the minds of fans around the world who immediately think of Messi and Ronaldo when the topic turns to Today’s best active player.
The scene is set for a new player to climb up and grab the mantle that Messi and Ronaldo have kept for years. Many expect the two young strikers Haaland and Mbappe to fight for it, and few of them carry Salah in the same vein. A performance like The Show against Manchester City and a title or two this season could permanently change that narrative.
At his current level, Mo Salah is the best in the world.
Jim Beglin (@jimbeglin) October 3, 2021
Was Mohamed Salah the best player in the world?
The 29-year-old was a good enough player to move to Chelsea (2014) and then to Roma (2016), where he began showing glimpses of the elite talent he could become. He entered the conversation of the world’s greatest players after joining a Liverpool team (2017) who would bring out the best in him.
He finished third in the 2018 FIFA World Player of the Year award race behind Luka Modric (Croatia and Real Madrid) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal and Juventus). It was the same year that Salah was recognized as the Premier League’s Player of the Year after winning his first two consecutive top scorer awards. He also won the second African Player of the Year award in 2018.
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But while Liverpool won the Champions League and Premier League titles over the next two seasons – team awards are important when it comes to individual honors – the world player of the year conversation made Salah fall behind the usual names, like Messi. , Ronaldo, Lewandowski and his Liverpool colleague Virgil van Dijk, who were among the highest-grossing recipients of world awards in those years.
“Salah can integrate with any team in the world, in the history of football. He is the real thing and beyond.” [Sky] pic.twitter.com/7S1a02Gc7C
– Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) October 3, 2021
Based on what has already been accomplished in this calendar year, the FIFA World Player of the Year award for 2021 is expected to go to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho (Euro 2021 with Italy, or the Champions League with Chelsea) or Lewandowski of Bayern (more than 50 goals in year 2021). ). Salah probably won’t be able to do enough before voting closes in the next two weeks to get them over. But 2022 may be another story.
If Liverpool and Salah go on with their own season, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be in this award conversation again. And when it comes to the unofficial title of the best player in the world today, it is already on the people’s lips.