Is Mohamed Salah The Best Player In The World?
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
The Evidence Is Mounting
Mohamed Salah is in the form of his life. And that is saying something. He is in the midst of his best-ever run in a Liverpool shirt, having scored 7 goals in his last 7 appearances. But that's only half the story.
When Salah burst on the scene in English football (at the second attempt), many thought he was a one-season wonder. No way could he replicate the form that saw him smash the all-time record for most goals in a Premier League season. When he limped off from the Champions League final that season, many thought that was the end of the Salah story.
Somebody forgot to tell Salah that. On his way to collecting a Champions League winners medal, he won a second golden boot in the Premier League in the next season. The season following that, a Premier League winners medal to go with another bucket load of goals. Even as Liverpool succumbed to a massive injury list and horrible form, Mo Salah kept banging in the goals last season.
Now as he enters his fifth season, the form continues. So much for a one-season wonder. The Egyptian King hast to now be considered one of the best in the world. But is he the absolute best? Let us take a look at his competitors:
Lionel Messi, one half of the two-man force that has traded the title of the best player in the world for over a decade. His move to PSG has not been all roses, but he is on the scoresheet now for his new club after scoring mid-week against City. He can never be discounted from this conversation. On current form, is he the best? Nobody can argue his body of work across his career is second to none.
Or is it? The other piece to the aforementioned two-man force that has dominated football for the last decade-plus. Cristiano Ronaldo. His move to Manchester United this summer sees him come full circle after collecting winners medals across the continent for some of the biggest teams in the world. If his body of work isn't the best, it's a very close second. His current form has been good, but has he been usurped?
The next option I have chosen for this poll is the French wunderkind Kylian Mbappe. He is definitely not in his best form at the moment, but he has accumulated winners titles for both club and country. And some of his football in those winning teams has been sublime. The one thing he has missing from his resume that the others on this list have is a Champions League winners medal. At this point, he is certainly part of the discussion.
The final option I have gone for here is Erling Haaland. Probably the least likely of the five options I have presented here. But his goal-scoring record is nothing short of astonishing. 97 goals and 26 assists in his last 94 appearances (according to trasfermarkt) is video game stuff.
The only argument against the Norwegian is the fact that a lot of those goals haven't come against the best in world football. One thing is for sure - he will one day be the best payer in the world if he keeps this game-to-goals ratio continues.
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