This season, Mohamed Salah won the generous FWA Player of the Year award, voted by journalists, PFA Player of the Year, voted by fellow Premier League players and opponents, PFA Player of the Year, voted. By fans, he has been named Liverpool Player of the Year.
– However, I traded all of these individual trophies for a chance to play the Final again. Salah wrote on his social media a few days after the recent loss in Paris, but this is not the way football is.
It cannot be ruled out that it was due to the interview with France Football, which is handing out the Ballon d’Or – but when the French football magazine asks him about the Ballon d’Or, he does not hide how important it is. .
– I want to be the best player in the world, and the Ballon d’Or is one of my main goals, he says in the June issue of the magazine, where he also adorns the front page.
– I want to win and be with George Weah, who is the only other African player to win the Ballon d’Or, he continues.
When Lionel Messi won the award and took home the award at the end of November, Salah had only 121 points. He was ahead of Messi (613 points), Robert Lewandowski (580 points), Jorginho (460 points), Karim Benzema (239 points), N’Golo Kante (186 points) and Cristiano Ronaldo (178 points) on the list.
– It is true that I was shocked by my situation in 2021, he says of the awards ceremony last year, when he was in seventh place.
I thought about how to improve it
Karim Benzema is the favorite to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or. Sadio Mane and Kylian Mbappe are also ahead of Salah if one believes in the odds market. The trophy will be delivered on October 17th.
– This year the loss to Real Madrid is a shame, although I played a good match in the final. But it doesn’t invalidate everything I’ve done over the course of several months. Let’s wait and see the vote. Salah says, if I don’t win in 2022, I will do everything I can to win the next title.
He says he has thought a lot about how to improve as a player, and that the reversals he made before last season have worked.
– Last summer I was on vacation in Greece, and I was at the sea. Then I asked myself how I should become a better player, because it gets harder and harder because I always meet two or three defenders. I have to find new ways that I can unlock the game in front of me and find new rooms. It was a reversal that benefited him, and my stats improved, he says.
– The defender you met should say to himself, “Haha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha again!”. My goal is that he doesn’t have time to catch his breath, and that the defender feels the danger at every moment during the 90 minutes.
Salah ended the 2021/22 season with 31 goals and assisted 16 in 51 games for Liverpool. He will not play when Egypt goes to Seoul to face South Korea in a special international match on Tuesday, and he has taken time off. The pre-season with Liverpool begins on July 4th.
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