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England great Rooney says Salah reminiscent of Ronaldo during Man United days

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 21 Jun 2020
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after the match. (Photo: Reuters)

Former England national football team legend Wayne Rooney said on Sunday that Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah is playing the same role for Liverpool as Cristiano Ronaldo did for Manchester United.

"Mo Salah is starting to do what Ronaldo did for Manchester United in terms of just being there and not really getting back to defend, but always being a threat if you’re a defender or midfielder playing against him," Rooney told the Times.

"You’re terrified of him on the counterattack,” said the Manchester United great.

The 28-year-old Salah has been a prolific scorer since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017, scoring 70 goals in his first hundred Premier League games to become the team's best-ever scorer.

Salah, who won the Golden Boot in record breaking fashion in his debut season, scored 20 goals in 40 appearances this season on all fronts, becoming Liverpool's first player to score over 20 goals in three consecutive seasons since Michael Owen in 2000-2003.

Ronaldo, who joined Italy Serie A giants Juventus coming from Real Madrid in 2018 season, formed a fearsome forward line with Rooney at United.

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