Mohamed Salah’s stunning start to the season has led to him being compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – something he was keen to avoid a few years ago but may now be ready to accept
Mohamed Salah’s sensational solo effort against Manchester City was not quiet enough to earn Liverpool three points.
But it was enough to draw calls that the Egyptian is now the best player in the world as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo adapt to life elsewhere.
Salah has been in stunning form so far this Premier League season and, when the big moment came, he delivered again at Anfield at the weekend.
The general consensus now appears to be that Salah must now be considered right in contention when discussing the best in the world after his prolonged spell of top level performances.
It is not the first time Salah has heard comparisons with all-time greats Messi and Ronaldo, however.
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Back in 2018, after his record-breaking debut season for Liverpool, the idea was put to Salah during an interview on Egyptian TV.
Surprisingly, the modest attacker was not exactly thrilled with the comparison and quickly downplayed it, insisting he had some way to go to being considered in their league.
“I don’t want to say I am happy with these kind of comparisons,” Salah told Egyptian TV channel ON E.
“Each of them has been at the top level for 10 or 11 years. Their performance level is stable.
“I need to maintain my performance levels high for many seasons. I hope I can do that. They are great players and hopefully I become happy with these comparisons.”
Fast forward three and a half years, and Salah has done exactly what he planned.
His relentless goalscoring exploits and top-level performances have shown no signs of slowing and, if anything he seems to be getting better and better as time goes on.
With Messi and Ronaldo ageing and eyes on a changing of the guard, Salah’s opinion on those comparisons may well have changed since he was last asked a few years ago.
In the same interview, Salah was asked who he considered the best of all-time and pointed to some of his favourite players growing up.
He added: “Who is the best in history? I will tell you about the ones I loved when I was young and saw as outstanding stars.
“Zidane, Ronaldo and Totti are the ones I loved the most when I was young. I loved watching them so much.
“I am lucky and so happy that I played with Totti (at Roma). We have very good relationship together and are still friends until now. I didn’t see (Diego) Maradona and Pele play.”