According to El Desmarque, Mohamed Salah has become the subject of interest for Spanish giants Real Madrid as Los Blancos have reportedly accepted that Kylian Mbappe is too expensive meaning Zinedine Zidane could turn his attention to Liverpool’s Egyptian king.
Naturally, in European football, Real Madrid and Barcelona have long been deemed as the pinnacle for an aspiring player with desires of reaching the top – as Jamie Carragher explained on Monday Night Football.
This isn’t at all surprising when you consider the fact that both La Liga outfits have won seven of the previous 10 Champions Leagues on offer. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for well over a decade have demonstrated the attraction that comes with making the move to Spain but times are now different.
While it is true that both Real and Barcelona for the majority of the 2000s have ruled Europe with an iron fist, the reality is that now both continental heavyweights are in free fall and are undergoing huge transitional periods.
Ronaldo has since left the Spanish capital while the Catalonia giants are still far too heavily reliant on their Argentinian talisman Messi. Both European superpowers have very-much fallen off their perch following a torrid 18-months and numerous managerial alterations.
Philippe Coutinho and Eden Hazard have both demonstrated that life isn’t as fruitful in La Liga as it once was with the former Premier League duo each seeing their individual careers take a nose-dive since trading England for Spain.
This raises the question; why on earth would Salah look to do the same?
The former Chelsea star has fought so hard to get his career on track and is currently the global star of a team that is currently European and world champions and is closing in on a first league title since 1990.
If it’s the Ballon d’Or Salah craves does he seriously think moving to Spain will boost his chances of the prestigious accolade? Just look at how Manchester City exposed Real’s vulnerabilities last night, they are no longer the force they once were with Liverpool currently a more formidable force, both in their domestic league and in terms of their Champions League prospects for the imminent future.
It’s easy to suggest that Real and Barcelona are the pinnacle for elite players because that has been the narrative for so long, but it is time to accept the truth that this is no longer the case.
Salah has announced himself on the world stage and Liverpool have given him the platform to take his game to another level. He should remember come the summer window who were the team to give him the opportunity to thrive when others would not.