Is there no stopping Mohamed Salah? It certainly seems that way following Liverpool's 5-2 victory over AS Roma in the Champions League last night.
Salah struck a stunning brace at Anfield to give his side a 2-0 lead and then provided two lovely assists for Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
His opener in the 36th minute was an absolute beauty. The 25-year-old cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable curled strike into the top corner, kissing the bar on its way in.
And for his second, Salah timed his run to perfection, latched on to Firmino's pass and delicately chipped the ball over the onrushing Alisson.
Salah's goals at Anfield were his 42nd and 43rd of the season in all competitions and there's now a growing feeling that he could win the Ballon d'Or this year.
Winning the Champions League with Liverpool would put the Egyptian in a very good position to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as Frank Lampard explained on Tuesday.
"After being named PFA Player of the Year, he (Salah) can now put himself in the bracket for the Ballon d'Or too," said the Chelsea legend.
SALAH'S BALLON D'OR CHARGE
"It will be hard for him to break the group that is Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It will take a lot to do that. But if he takes Liverpool to the Champions League title, that could well do it."
Lampard certainly isn't wrong and what's happened to the Ballon d'Or odds since the Liverpool-Roma game is something that's very rarely seen.
SkyBet, among many other betting companies, now have Salah as joint-favourite(!) to win the Ballon d'Or with Ronaldo at 7/4, meaning he has leapfrogged Messi (7/2) in the running.
It's been 11 years since someone last won the Ballon d'Or that wasn't Messi or Ronaldo, so to see Salah above Messi and level with Ronaldo is quite astonishing.
Ian Wright also believes Salah has a great chance of winning football's biggest individual honour and he claims the World Cup will also play a part.
"Salah is in that conversation, of course he is," he said on The Debate. "With the World Cup coming in, the form he is in you'd like to think he'll keep that for the World Cup.
"Obviously depending on what Liverpool do in the Champions League, if they do go on and win it, then you have to say when you look at Cristiano Ronaldo, he's saved much of his best work for the Champions League.
"He's (Ronaldo) won the Ballon d'Or a couple of times, and not just for those reasons but if Salah keeps on doing what he's doing, he's not only in the conversation, he's got a very good chance of winning it."
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