James Milner compares Mohamed Salah and Lionel Messi ahead of CL final

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Few debut seasons compare to what Mohamed Salah has achieved since joining Liverpool last summer yet it could get even better for the 25-year-old on Saturday.

Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final and there's a real sense that the game will be decided by who performs better out of Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Both players have scored the exact same number of goals in all competitions this season (44) and enter the clash in Kiev in top form.

Liverpool fans and players will be hoping it's the 'Egyptian King' who rises to the occasion and makes even further history.

Salah dominated the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, scooping the PFA Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year and Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals.

And that's without mentioning all the awards he won at Liverpool, including seven Player of the Months and six Goal of the Months.

Salah's collection of accolades is so big, in fact, that James Milner claims he recently tripped over them in the dressing room and had to tell him to clear them away.


He told the Times: "In the dressing room the other day, by his spot there were seven trophies on the floor, all his player of the months.

"I'm stepping over them in my flip-flops. "Mo, will you move this! I can't get to my spot. Do us a favour, will you?!'"

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Winning the Ballon d'Or could even be on the cards for Salah later this year depending on how Saturday's final pans out.

Not since 2007 has anyone beaten Lionel Messi or Ronaldo to the award but if anyone is capable of doing that it's the Egypt international.

Comparisons have long been drawn between Messi and Salah due to their style of play and now Milner has given his take on how they compare.

Milner has faced Messi on numerous occasions and claims the one thing he and Salah have in common is the way they always find a way out of tricky situations.

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"It's easy to say that, but actually stopping it... You can say that about Messi for 15 years that his right foot is not as great as his left," he added.

"There's a great example of me when I went to press him [Messi at the Nou Camp in 2015], got him by the touchline, he nicks it through my legs and he's gone, incredible.

"The best players find a way."

Can't argue with that. Salah and Ronaldo will come up against each other on Saturday, but just think how good it would be to see Salah and Messi go head-to-head.

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