Wright Believes Mo Salah Could Win Ballon d’Or

Ian Wright believes that if Liverpool win the Champions League it would give Mohamed Salah ‘a very good chance’ of winning the Ballon d’Or.

His comments were made after Liverpool’s 5-2 victory over Roma on Tuesday night in the first leg of their semi-final, in which Salah was the hero, scoring twice and making another two of the Reds’ goals.

The win gives Liverpool a superb chance of reaching a first final in 11 years and after the match a delighted Jurgen Klopp hailed the Egyptian as ‘outstanding’ for his match-winning performance.

Wright told The Debate that the 25-year-old fleet-footed forward is in the running to end Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance as the world’s best player.

“Salah is in that conversation, of course he is. With the World Cup coming in, the form he is you’d like to think he’ll keep that for the World Cup. Obviously depending on what Liverpool do in the Champions League, if they do go on and win it, then you have to say when you look at Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s saved much of his best work for the Champions League.

“He’s [Ronaldo] won the Ballon d’Or a couple of times, and not just for those reasons but if Mo Salah keeps on doing what he’s doing, he’s not only in the conversation, he’s got a very good chance of winning it.”

Salah has had an outstanding debut season scoring 43 goals in 47 games across all competitions, since he joined the Reds last summer for £37 million.

On Sunday evening the Egyptian international was crowned the PFA Player of the year pipping Manchester City title-winner Kevin De Bruyne to the prestigious prize.

He became the highest scoring African player in a single Champions League season [10] after netting a brace in Tuesday’s victory over Roma.