Like Messi and Ronaldo, Salah has time and time again proved his resilience for Liverpool. The Egyptian has scored a massive 31 goals and has already bagged PFA’s player of the year award for 2018. The manner of his displays has undoubtedly set him apart from the likes of Hazard in the Premier league but also has drawn immense comparisons with Ronaldo and Messi. If the Reds were to defeat Real in the final in Kiev, there is no saying that Salah wouldn’t win the Ballon D’Or.
4) Champions league
While many have regularly questioned the level of competition in the La Liga, there is little doubt that the Champions league indeed presents the biggest test for both Messi and Ronaldo. And that is where the best players in the world stand up, Ronaldo’s record in the Champions league is second to none while Messi has regularly proved his mettle in Europe’s premier competition. Salah has done the same for Liverpool. A brilliant brace against City in the quarter finals was a performance for the history books and when things got difficult in the return leg, Salah kept his cool and scored a brilliant chip goal to restore Liverpool’s hold on the tie. It is performances like these which make him a talisman for Liverpool.
His performances alone have been eye catching this season but if the consistency is to be taken into account, then Salah by far has been the player of the season. His signings raised eyebrows but few expected him to become the player he has shown to be this season. He has regularly scored for the Reds, something even Ronaldo cannot claim given his early season dip for Real. He seems to be getting stronger and dangerous in front of goal with every passing game and is certainly Liverpool’s best hope of defeating Real in Kiev next month.
It is one thing scoring in regular games but it is only in the big games that stars are born. Salah has set himself apart in this aspect as well. He has produced moments of magic in the biggest games with goals against Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City. He is also Reds’ creator in chief with 9 assists to his name. Moreover, on the international stage too, Salah has done brilliantly. He scored 2 goals against Congo to win Egypt’s only World Cup qualification since 1990.
Often the basis of judgements is statistics. And even when you compare Salah’s stats with Ronaldo and Messi, there really isn’t much difference. Salah has outscored both of them with his 31 league goals whereas Ronaldo and Messi have scored 24 and 29 respectively. His 8 goals and 2 assists in the Champions league is better than Messi’s 6 goals and 2 assists. The decisive nature of his goals in the Champions league too brings him on the level of Ronaldo’s performances in the competition.