It should come as no surprise that Mohamed Salah, who has effortlessly garnered nearly every single accolade possible, is desperate for the greatest of them all. Somehow, in 2021, Salah came in a disappointing seventh place in the Ballon d’Or voting, despite his amazing year.
Asked about it, Salah admitted he was not happy with the result.
“I want to earn it to join George Weah, the only African [in 1995]Salah told L’Equipe via France Football. “It’s true that I was shocked by my ranking in 2021.
“For this year, the loss against Real Madrid is a disadvantage, even though I had a good game in the final. But that doesn’t negate everything I’ve accomplished for months.
“Let’s wait for the vote. And if I am not Ballon d’Or in 2022, I will do everything to be next.
While the Ballon d’Or is ostensibly meant to judge a player’s season, it’s well known that winning a major team trophy will give a player a leg up on the competition. Salah was second best in the Premier League, Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations in 2022 which doesn’t bode well for his chances.
However, Salah has never been the kind of competitor to give up so easily. It wouldn’t be surprising if Salah defied the odds of winning the trophy over the next few years.