'Give Salah the Ballon d'Or now'

Salah, 25, grabbed a brace and two assists in the 5-2 thumping of his former side in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final last night.

And two former Premier League stars feel the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year will go on to be recognised as the best player in world football.

The Egyptian ace broke Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 42 goals in all competitions, which marked his best season as Manchester United player, a decade ago.

"You've got to give him the Ballon d'Or," former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage told BBC. "He is that good. Never mind the PFA Player of the Year, just give him the Ballon d'Or."

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, who recently waxed lyrical about the forward, claims his performance deserves plaudits as he was under enormous pressure after being in the spotlight towards the build-up of the crucial encounter.

"The form and confidence he's in at the minute, to have the class and style to score those goals just speaks measures of the man," Fowler told BBC Radio 5 live. "The man we all talked about before the game; the man for the big occasion."

Overall, Salah is now the leading goal scorer in Europe's top-five leagues with 43 goals in 47 games across all competitions.

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