Despite that, there’s still a feeling that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are ahead of him in the running.
Could Salah dethrone the dominant duo? MARCA writers have their say.
Alberto Rubio: Yes
Salah always reminded me, other than the distance, of the first Messi, who cut in from the right and who nobody could cut off. Left-footed, electric, agile… he had one problem: his poor finishing. He’s now scored more goals than anyone and could win the Champions League. If he manages it, who could deny him the Ballon d’Or?
Victor Romero: No
He needs to win a title and, for now, he hasn’t. One thing is being a possible candidate to win it, which he will be, but another is to win the most highly valued individual award in the world. Liverpool have not won anything this season. Only if he wins the Champions League can he have a chance.
Borja Sarobe: Yes
In a semi-final in Europe’s most important club competition, Salah produced a magnificent display. But that’s just another day at Anfield. He’s four goals away from being Liverpool’s record scorer in a single season and he only cost 40 million euros.
Jesus Mata: No
There are already Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and the World Cup is yet to come. Today, as good as he is, those two will always have their spots on the podium reserved. The tournament in Russia will be key to knowing the victor, and Egypt are not exactly candidates in the same way that Portugal and Argentina are. It’s very, very difficult.
Delfin Melero: Yes
If Salah wins the Golden Shoe and the Champions League, why can’t he win the Ballon d’Or? It’s true that there is a World Cup and we can’t see Egypt going far, but if Ronaldo and Messi don’t go very far either, so what? I’m not saying he has to win it, but that he could, easily.