Mohamed Salah won the FIFA Puskas’ Award for the best goal scored during 2018 and was nominated in the top three best players but was omitted from the World XI, prompting widespread outrage and confusion.
After signing for Liverpool from AS Roma in a deal worth £37million, Mohamed Salah went on to score 44 goals in his debut season for the Reds and broke the Premier League record for goals scored in a single campaign (32).
He was also superb in the Champions League, scoring 10 goals on the way to the final and although he missed out on lifting the trophy after his teammates were beaten 3-1 when he left the pitch with a shoulder injury, his contribution to a fantastic European cup run will not be forgotten.
Although he didn’t really deserve to win the Puskas Award, the Egyptian should have been in the FIFA World XI ahead of Eden Hazard and arguably Kylian Mbappe and Paul Merson certainly agrees.
Salah was voted as a runner-up in the race to win the best male player in The Best FIFA Football Awards behind Cristiano Ronaldo and the winner Luka Modric and while he wasn’t good enough to win the prize, he certainly deserved to be in the FIFA World Pro XI.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Paul Merson exclaimed: “It sums it up, it’s atrocious really. If you’re in the three for the best in the world, how is he not getting in the team of the year?”
Given that football is about the team and not the player, fans will move on very soon but after the events at the award ceremony in London, FIFA lost a great degree of credibility that proves once again that France Football’s Balon d’Or is the more prestigious award.