Former Super Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has tipped Liverpool Mohammed Salah as a possible Ballon d’Or winner.
Mikel has backed his former Chelsea teammate Mohammed Salah as a potential future winner of the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.
Salah joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014 from Swiss club Fc Basel, but he never had a stable season as he was shipped on loan to the Serie A.
The Liverpool star has gone on to be one of the world’s best strikers with his splendid performance with the Reds.
“I did not expect Mohamed Salah to succeed after he left Chelsea and went to the Italian League, and from there to Liverpool, I did not expect that he would appear as good as he is now,” Mikel said to OnTime Sports Egyptian channel.
“Salah is no less than the others until he wins the Ballon d’Or, and if that happens I will be proud of him, as he is very committed inside and outside the pitch. Maybe he did not have the opportunity and there were great players at the highest level.
The former Chelsea star also revealed that Salah did not get the opportunity he desired at Stamford bridge and so he was unable to perform.
“I remember when he came to Chelsea he was a young boy, he is a nice person and everyone loves him and he was very disciplined and I was his close friend and we were talking and joking a lot and he was a good friend, and to be honest I cannot say what happened with him in Chelsea he needed an opportunity and wanted to play.
“When Salah left Chelsea, he started playing every game, which happened and developed remarkably, and he did not perform well with Chelsea because he did not have the opportunity,” he concluded.
The Egyptian was nominated for the Balloon d’Or in 2019 after an outstanding 2018/19 season with Liverpool and emerged in 5th place behind Barcelona Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane.
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