Egypt's Salah named among 30 finalists for Ballon d'Or

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Aug 2022

Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was named in a 30-strong list for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award on Friday.

Mohamed Salah

 

The list also includes three other African players -- Bayern Munich winger Sadio Mane (Senegal), Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) and Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller (Ivory Coast).

Salah enjoyed another stellar season with Liverpool in 2021-22, finishing as the Premier League's joint top scorer with 23 goals.

All in all, he netted 31 goals and provided 16 assists to help Liverpool win the domestic FA and League Cups and reach the European Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid.

He kicked off the new season in style, scoring a goal and creating another as Liverpool were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by Fulham in their Premier League opener last weekened.

The 30-year-old also played a key role in helping Liverpool win the Community Shield with a 3-1 victory over Manchester City last month, providing an assist for the opening goal and converting a penalty 

Salah finished sixth in 2018, fifth in 2019 and seventh in 2021 in the Ballon d'Or award.

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