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How Mohamed Salah compares to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the 2018 Ballon d’Or race

Mohamed Salah has without doubt been the signing of the season.

The Liverpool forward, who set the Anfield club back just £35million in the summer, has repaid the faith Jurgen Klopp showed in him with no fewer than 30 goals in the Premier League, and a further eight in Europe.

How Mohamed Salah compares to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the 2018 Ballon d'Or race

The Egyptian has also managed nine assists, helping Liverpool make third place very much their own, and a further two in the Champions League – one of which coming in the Reds’s crucial 3-0 win over Manchester City.

For the past ten years Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have pretty much taken it in turns winning the Ballon d’Or.

But with Salah in the form of his life, and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, that could all change in 2018.

Here we compare Salah’s stats for the season so far alongside Messi and Ronaldo, to see whether the Egyptian really can stake a claim to the crown.

Lionel Messi

How Mohamed Salah compares to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the 2018 Ballon d'Or race

Games played: 48

Goals scored: 39

Assists: 16

Chances created: 108

Total shots: 265

Shots on target: 125

Shot conversion rate: 14.7%

* stats in all competitions

Cristiano Ronaldo

How Mohamed Salah compares to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the 2018 Ballon d'Or race

Games played: 38

Goals scored: 41

Assists: 8

Chances created: 50

Total shots: 252

Shots on target: 108

Shot conversion rate: 16.3%

* stats in all competitions

Mohamed Salah

How Mohamed Salah compares to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the 2018 Ballon d'Or race

Games played: 45

Goals scored: 40

Assists: 11

Chances created: 82

Total shots: 172

Shots on target: 85

Shot conversion rate: 23.3%

* stats in all competitions

In conclusion

Messi (whose Barcelona side are well on course to win La Liga) and Ronaldo (whose Real Madrid side could secure a third consecutive Champions League) have again shown this season why they would be worth winners of the award, should one of their names be on it for an 11th consecutive season.

But remarkably, Salah has outshone the duo in certain areas, meaning he would also be a worthy winner of the illustrious trophy.

Whether or not we will see a new Ballon d’Or winner this season remains to be seen, but you would have to make Salah favourite if he leads Liverpool to Champions League success.

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