'I scored 40 goals': Mohamed Salah assesses his Ballon d'Or chances as Liverpool close in on Quadruple
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'I scored 40 goals': Mohamed Salah assesses his Ballon d'Or chances as Liverpool close in on Quadruple

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah gave his thoughts on potentially winning the Ballon d’Or this season. The Egyptian certainly has a great chance.

Mohamed Salah has certainly had a brilliant season for Liverpool – but is it Ballon d’Or worthy? That’s going to be the big question on an individual level as the Reds close in on a Quadruple.

There’s little doubt, after all, that Salah had a sensational start to the season. He was the standout player on the planet, in truth, but his form in 2022 has slowed down quite a lot. That’s partly down to his own form and partly down to increased attention from opposing defences.

Despite that, Salah still tops the Premier League in both goals and assists. He has 30 goals in 46 games in all competitions, too, as is playing a decisive role as Liverpool chase a Quadruple.

So how does he see his chances?

“I lost last time because I scored 40 goals but we didn’t win any trophies,” Salah told Sky Sports of his 2017/18 season. “This time, my number is really high and we’ve already won one cup.

“If we win the next two, it’s going to be exciting who is going to win it.”

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and the Ballon d’Or

The Champions League final might prove to be the deciding factor here as Karim Benzema is unquestionably the favourite right now. Should Salah leave his mark in a final victory, however, it could swing things his way.

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And honestly, Salah is falling foul to the best of his football coming in the first half of the season. The hype around him simply isn’t as high as it was five months ago when he was flying in every game.

There’s one more factor working against him, too – Sadio Mané. Salah’s Liverpool teammate isn’t just contributing towards the Quadruple charge in a big way but he also won the Africa Cup of Nations at Egypt’s expense. And he did it as the tournament’s best player.

So there will be shouts for Mané to win it, should Liverpool make history this season. Salah, though, can change all of that with some fine form this month.

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