'Salah one of the Ballon d'Or contenders'

English Premier League

Brazil legend Rivaldo says Mohamed Salah deserves to be one of the contenders for the Ballon d'Or this year.

The Egypt international was among the 30 nominees that were announced by France Football for this year's Ballon d'or award.

George Weah remains the only African player to have won the award, but Rivaldo feels Salah has what it takes to be a serious contender for the award.

“Liverpool's Egyptian forward is producing a fantastic start of season with impressive stats and a sensational goal against Manchester City last weekend,” Rivaldo wrote in his coloumn for Betfair, as per the Mirror.

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“He's one of the best players in the world right now because his astonishing numbers in terms of goals and assists are obtained in the Premier League and Champions League, two of the most difficult competitions in the planet.

“When you are so good in demanding conditions, then of course you are a top player who deserves to be among the contenders for the Ballon d'Or this season.”

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