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'A top player who deserves to be among the contenders for the Ballon d'Or this season' - Rivaldo on Mohamed Salah

Brazilian legend and former winner says Egyptian is ‘one of the best players in the world'.

Former Ballon d'Or winner Rivaldo has showered praise on Mohamed Salah who was yesterday revealed as one of 30 names on the shortlist for this year's award.

The Brazilian who was voted the best player on the planet in 1999 says that at the moment Salah is right up there with the best players in the world.

“He's one of the best players in the world right now because his astonishing numbers in terms of goals and assists are obtained in the Premier League and Champions League, two of the most difficult competitions in the planet.”

Mohamed Salah

“Liverpool's Egyptian forward is producing a fantastic start of season with impressive stats and a sensational goal against Manchester City last weekend.”

“When you are so good in demanding conditions, then of course you are a top player who deserves to be among the contenders for the Ballon d'Or this season.”

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This is high praise from the legend who has won every honour in the game. Whilst different to Salah in playing style he also had a brilliant left foot that was used as a weapon against opposition defences.

The Ballon d'Or awards take place in Paris on the 29th November. Reds fans will be watching on to see if their top scorer can improve on the fifth position he achieved in 2019.

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