New Ballon d'Or rules increase chances of 'special' Liverpool star finally winning it this year - RTK View
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New Ballon d'Or rules increase chances of 'special' Liverpool star finally winning it this year - RTK View

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has his best shot at the Ballon d’Or yet thanks to a rule change. The Egyptian will fancy his chances.

The Ballon d’Or is changing. Per L’Equipe, football’s most prestigious individual award will be slightly different going forward in an effort to make things clearer.

For one, only the top 100 FIFA-ranked nations will have a voting representative. That appears to be a way to eliminate some of the stranger votes from countries without much football pedigree.

One other change is particularly interesting, though. The Ballon d’Or will now take into account a season, rather than a calendar year. That has a notable effect for 2022.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah for the Ballon d’Or

With the Ballon d’Or taking the season into account this year, Mohamed Salah sees his chances increase. That’s largely because the World Cup now doesn’t affect results.

Salah is always unlikely to truly impact the tournament with Egypt, after all – it actually works against his chances. Now, he doesn’t need to worry about it as the only international tournament involved in the voting was the Africa Cup of Nations, of which he reached the final.

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On top of that, Salah’s efforts in late 2021 now work in his favour for the award this year. Given he was arguably the best player in the world over the early-season stretch, the Liverpool man becomes a strong contender as a result.

In fact, Salah will find himself as a heavy favourite to win it this year if Liverpool go on to lift a major trophy. Victory in the Champions League, in particular, would see him almost certainly win the award – assuming we see a similar level of play over the rest of the season.

Salah has been one of the world’s very best for years now but this could, finally, be the year he truly wins the top individual prize.

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