Former Liverpool star Michael Owen has tipped Mohamed Salah for the 2018 Ballon d’Or if Jurgen Klopp’s side win the Champions League final.
Egypt international Salah has enjoyed a spectacular first season at Anfield, scoring 44 goals in all competitions, including 11 in 14 appearances in European competition.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has shared the Ballon d’Or between them each year since 2007, but Owen believes Salah could be the man to end the duopoly.
Asked if Salah has a chance of winning the prize, Owen, speaking courtesy of Sports Tonight/Dubai Eye 103.8, told Omnisport: “Absolutely. I mean, the way he’s playing, let’s put it this way: he’s got the ability, and he deserves to win it.
“It just depends on what medals he wins at the end of the season. You can have a great season [but] if you win nothing, then you’re very unlikely. You need a goodwill cup or to win the Champions League.
“But if Liverpool win the Champions League, he’d have a right chance I think. Because he’s done it for Egypt, he’s had a good year for his national team and of course he’s been sensational for Liverpool as well.”
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