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'Salah To Rival Ronaldo & Messi For Ballon d'Or'

Mohamed Salah, who, along with Lionel Messi, is leading the race for the European Golden Shoe and is hunting down Cristiano Ronaldo's Premier League records, has now been tipped to challenge the superstar duo for this year's Ballon d'Or award.

Read: Salah Breaks Ronaldo Record

The Liverpool winger has set the English top flight alight this season, and became the first player in Europe's top five league to score 30 goals in this campaign.

He is also currently ahead of Messi in the Golden Shoe race, while he needs just one more strike to equal Ronaldo's record for most goals in a 38-game Premier League campaign – a record the Portuguese jointly holds with Luis Suarez and Alan Shearer.

It comes as no surprise that Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has now tipped the 25-year-old to be in contention for the Ballon d'Or. 

"I am saying – passionately – that it's time to look beyond the almost knee-jerk leaning towards Ronaldo or Messi," he wrote in the Daily Mirror.

"Don't get me wrong, they are two of the greatest players the game has ever seen. People get misty-eyed over the pair of them, and quite rightly. They have both had good years, and with a World Cup, both have the chance for an ­outstanding one.

"Yet, so far, Salah has matched them, no doubt."

However, despite Salah's heroics this season, Fowler believes the Egyptian has a better chance of winning FIFA's The Best Men's Player of the Year award than the Ballon d'Or.

"He's probably got more chance of ­winning the Best FIFA Men's Player award, ­because that is ­in part selected by ­international coaches. The Ballon d'Or votes are by journalists," he added.

"Even if you put what Mo has done at Liverpool to one side, he's been astonishing. He has gone from being an ­exciting, quality player to a truly world-class one for Jurgen Klopp.

"But it is his incredible role with Egypt that has caught my attention. More so than Ronaldo or Messi, he has lifted an entire nation. He scored two goals to take his country to the World Cup finals for only the third time in their history. Scotland have been there more often than that!

"Salah is a hero back home. He has put Egypt back on the map. I think international coaches will understand the magnitude of that better than ­journalists who are working outside Africa.

"For what he has achieved in terms of promoting ­African football as a whole, he deserves to be in contention."

Read: Salah Overtakes Messi In Golden Shoe Race

Ronaldo and Messi have shared the Ballon d'Or and FIFA awards over the past 10 years, with both winning five apiece.

Do you think Salah deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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