Mohamed Salah’s performance in Liverpool’s Champions League victory over Manchester City has seen his Ballon d’Or odds slashed to just 6/1. Mark Hughes may have taken over as Southampton boss some weeks ago, but he
Salah’s 39th goal of the season proved crucial in the second leg of the quarter final on Wednesday, as it gave the Reds an away goal and meant City had to find four goals. Roberto Firmino ended any chance of a fight back by securing a 5-1 aggregate win at the Etihad Stadium.
While nobody other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or since 2007, the Egyptian has been made third favorite to be crowned this year.
The Champions League has always had a huge impact on who wins, and Ronaldo surely has to be made favourite again with Real Madrid hunting a third successive crown. He is looking for a record-breaking sixth award, which would help back up his claim to be the best footballer ever
Roma getting the assist for Cristiano Ronaldo's next Ballon d'Or win then.— Greg Johnson (@gregianjohnson) April 10, 2018
Barcelona’s humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Roma has dealt Messi’s chances a blow, and now the Argentine must hope Ronaldo’s Real are stopped. But Messi, also looking to win a sixth Ballon d’Or, has all but carried Barcelona, with another league title and an unbeaten campaign on the horizon.
Of course, the World Cup will have an impact, with all three players representing their countries in Russia.