It’s still quite hard to fathom, but Mohamed Salah absolutely deserves to be discussed in the same sentence as Cristiano Ronaldo at the moment.
After all, the Liverpool winger has torn apart the Premier League this season, netting 28 goals to put himself in pole position to steal the Golden Boot away from Harry Kane.
Off the back of his excellent campaign for the Reds, we’re pretty excited to see him in action for Egypt this summer at the World Cup, with the Pharaohs tipped by some to be the tournament’s surprise package.
On Monday night, they faced European champions Portugal in a pre-World Cup friendly of sorts in Letzigrund.
And while Salah opened the scoreline for Egypt, it was Portugal’s Ronaldo who stole the show once again – netting two late-as-you-like goals to snatch the victory away.
It really is a testament to each player’s ability that they’re each without a doubt their respective nation’s star player.
After all, we all know about the sheer consistent brilliance of Ronaldo – who moved into third place for all-time international goals last night with 81, strolling past Japan’s Kunishige Kamamoto and now only trailing Iran’s Ali Daei (109) and Hungary’s Ferenc Puskas (84) – while Salah is considered a national hero in Egypt.
Ahead of this friendly clash in Switzerland, we were all looking forward to seeing how Salah matched-up with the Real Madrid star. But it’s probably fair to say that his performance on the night was just a little bit disappointing, considering his brilliant form right now.
While his goal just before the hour-mark was rather nice, he seemed to misplace a few passes, while his dribbling seemed a little substandard, much like his shooting which – aside from the goal – was nothing like we’re used to this season.
Perhaps we’re being overly harsh, but considering there’s a budding rivalry of sorts between the two for the title of one of the world’s best players, Ronaldo certainly edged the personal contest.
Against Egypt, he was very much Portugal’s main man and seemingly carried his fine recent form at club level into the match.
Not only did he net the two late goals that won the match for Portugal, he showcased his amazing ability to take on the Egyptian defence and cause mayhem with his speed down the wings.
Not bad for an old boy of 33, eh?
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