Liberian President George Weah is the only African player in history to have won the Ballon d’or.
This fact in the history books is likely to be changed by one man – Mohamed Salah.
As Watford’s back-line discovered recently, the Liverpool winger is in red hot form. With 28 top-flight goals so far this season, the Egyptian attacker is well on course to reach the sky-scraping standards of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Individual performances that guided Argentina to World Cup qualification and inspired
Portugal to the Euro-2016 title further justifies why Messi and Ronaldo are regarded as the best footballers of their generation. Till Mohamed Salah proves his influence on the world stage many would argue that the recently surfaced comparisons to the Barcelona and Real Madrid hit men is premature. His incredible pace, technically gifted left foot and finishing prowess is certainly reminiscent of the dynamic duo.
The 2018 global spectacle in Russia is a perfect opportunity for Salah to show he can single-handedly take his country (and Africa by extension) to the next level. Shining at the World Cup is essential for the explosive Egyptian forward. Winning the prestigious tournament for the North Africans will instantly elevate the CAF African Footballer of the Year to the upper echelons of football where the likes of Weah, Messi and Ronaldo dwell.