Mohamed Salah was named Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year on Sunday. Two days later, he established himself as one of the best in Europe. Next step: the world?
On a memorable European night at Anfield, the Egyptian scored twice and made two more goals as Liverpool routed Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
He now has 43 goals in 47 appearances this season – a record that does not look out of place next to the elite attacking players in the game: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
And there have been calls for him to be the next winner of the most prestigious individual accolade in world football.
“You’ve got to give him the Ballon d’Or,” former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage told BBC Radio 5 live following Salah’s second goal on Tuesday. “He is that good.
“Never mind the PFA Player of the Year, just give him the Ballon d’Or.”
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, who was nominated for the award in 1996, described Salah as a “phenomenal player”.
“The form and confidence he’s in at the minute, to have the class and style to score those goals just speaks measures of the man,” Fowler told BBC Radio 5 live.
“The man we all talked about before the game; the man for the big occasion.”
And those big occasions keep on coming. If Liverpool can finish the job in Rome, a Champions League final in Kiev beckons.
Just weeks later, Salah will take his talents to the global stage, when he spearheads Egypt’s attack at the World Cup in Russia.