Mohamed Salah has been awarded many titles and nicknames thanks to his modesty, and his mad football skills; from Momo, to the Pharaoh, to the Egyptian King, to things such as the Arab or the Egyptian Messi. While we may have our favourites from that long list, the latter is a nickname that seems to be moving more towards becoming a reality.
Around a week ago, the UEFA Men’s Player of The Year Award announced its shortlist for the top 3 candidates nominated for the acclaimed prize. Cristiano Ronaldo remained a staple in the shortlist, joined by former teammate Luka Modric, and our very own Mo Salah. The news rocked social media accounts by storm for the all the right reasons. Mo Salah’s incredible performance last season made him the record top goal scorer in a Premier League 38-match season, secured a Champions League spot for Liverpool, and drove them to become runners up of the UEFA Champions League competition. With 44 goals and 14 assists, Mo Salah was definitely worthy of the nomination.
Such accolades make it very believable that a team such as Barcelona would be looking to enhance their squad by adding the Egyptian King. Don Balon reports that Barcelona is setting up a whopping transfer fee to lure Mo Salah to their side next summer. Taking Mo Salah from Liverpool will not be an easy feat, which is why Barca is reportedly willing to pay up to 250 million euros for the Egyptian’s services.
After losing Neymar to PSG, Barcelona has failed to retain their place in European competitions. Despite the signings of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho (Mo Salah’s former teammate at Liverpool), the Catalans have fallen out of competition for Europe’s top club prize, the UEFA Champions League.
But that’s not all, Messi’s omission from the shortlist of the UEFA Men’s Player of The Year Award came as a shock to the footballing world. This, plus Messi’s shortcomings in the World Cup, suggest that Leo might finally be in decline, after over 10 years in top form.
Great teams must plan ahead, which is why Mo Salah’s move to Barcelona could be exactly what the Catalans need to secure their position in the top footballing world for upcoming seasons. Dembele and Coutinho are both young enough to give a few years to Barcelona, while Suarez and Messi are now over 30.
The Argentine is no longer a wonder kid, at 31 years of age, he might not have much more to give his beloved Barcelona. While Mo Salah, at 26, still has a few more seasons of top football form in him. He’s fast, agile, skillful, a good finisher, and an excellent team player. These are the exact qualities that suit Barcelona’s style of attacking play, and may just be the addition they need for the post-Messi era.
What do you think of this rumour? Do you see Salah wearing the blue and red jersey, or do you think the Blaugrana should look elsewhere?