Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah has made a striking claim about the Ballon d'Or award after finishing seventh in the final ranking for the prize last week.
Having got an assist in the Merseysiders' 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, the Egyptian has now been directly involved in 22 Premier League goals in this campaign, making him the player with the most goal contributions across Europe's top five leagues this season, according to football statistician David O'Brien.
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His impressive start to the 2021/22 campaign helped Salah finish in seventh place for the 2021 Ballon d'Or, although his manager Jurgen Klopp disagreed with that placing, believing his player should have been "higher up the list".
The 29-year-old has now insisted that while he does not let personal accolades define him, he believes he is the best footballer on the planet and will win the famous prize at some point.
"At the end of the day it's people's opinions, but in my mind, I'm the best player in the world, that's what I say to myself," the 29-year-old told Egyptian broadcaster MBC Masr TV.
"I can't say that I don't want to win the Ballon d'Or or FIFA's The Best, of course I want to win either of them. But if I don't win either of them, there is no problem.
"Everything I want, I usually get. I know that I will win either of them later, I'm not worried."
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