A remarkable statistic shows that Mohamed Salah is up there with the world’s very best – even ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sky Sports Tweeted out the stat, saying that Salah is the third-highest scorer in top-five league and European football since moving to Anfield.
Lionel Messi is top, naturally, with 96 goals in that time. Then comes Robert Lewandowski who is surprisingly just one behind Messi on 95.
Then there’s a drop to Salah who has scored 77 goals since June 2017. One behind him? Ronaldo. That’s quite something.
⚽️ Since Mohamed Salah signed for Liverpool in June 2017, only 2 players have scored more goals in all competitions for clubs playing in Europe's top 5 leagues:
76 C.Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/bc459P1qKB
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) October 2, 2019
It makes you wonder if Salah, despite all the accolades, is still somewhat underrated. You’ve got to remember where Liverpool were when he signed, for one thing.
Unlike the other three, Salah hasn’t won a league title in these two years. Messi and Lewandowski have two each, while Ronaldo won Serie A last year. His first – and best – season wasn’t at a club that dominated domestically.
And Liverpool weren’t a club that competes in Europe, either. Unlike Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Juventus. They are now, of course, and that’s partly down to Salah.
Then there’s the fact that Salah ‘shares the wealth’ more than the others. Lewandowski and Ronaldo are far and away the dominant scorers in their teams. Messi does share things a little with Suarez – although that just makes his stat line even more ridiculous.
But Salah was joint-top scorer with Sadio Mane last season. Even this year, Mane is only one goal behind him.
Salah is ahead of Ronaldo as the third-highest scorer in top-level football, despite arguably having a tougher job. It’s remarkable and something that no one could have predicted when Liverpool paid £34m for him in 2017.
He’s an incredible player and the Reds are lucky to have him.