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Salah seeks to emulate Weah as second-ever African Ballon d´Or winner

Mohamed Salah is the only African to have won the Ballon d’Or in imitation of George Wihan, and he was stunned to finish seventh last year.

Egypt International finished sixth and fifth in the 2018 and 2019 World Men’s Footballer of the Year awards.

But two years after the 2020 relegation, he saw him slip and fall, and Lionel Messi extended his record to six points.

Since then, Salah has scored 46 goals in 2021-22 (31 goals and 15 assists) to help Liverpool finish in the 2022 domestic cup.

In addition, he has won a number of awards, including another Premier League Golden Boot, FWA Player of the Year and – most recently – PFA Player of the Year.

But the attacker may not be enough to look like Weih, the only African star to have won the Ballon d’Or before.

“I want to win to join George W. Bush of Africa alone [in 1995]”Salah told L’Equipe.

“It simply came to my notice then that in 2021 I was shocked. The defeat to Real Madrid this year was a blow, although I played well in the final.

“But it does not erase all that I have done for months. Let’s wait and see. And by 2022, if I don’t have a balloon, I will do my best to stay afloat.

Salah’s frustration with last month’s Champions League final defeat to Madrid did not diminish his admiration for Balundor striker and Ballon d’Or striker Karim Benzema.

Salah says he sees himself face-to-face with France and feels connected to his approach to how to impose himself on a large group.

“I understand Benzema, he doesn’t just see himself as a goal scorer, he knows he can affect every Real Madrid game,” he said.

“Like everyone else, I want to be the best player in the world.

“In Liverpool, everyone runs for each other. If I do not fight for defense, they will not fight for me.

“I have to be an example to be the first to play and to sacrifice myself for the team.”

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