Mohamed Salah had a very good year in 2021, being both decisive at the end of last season by allowing Liverpool to move up the rankings, and at the first part of the current season, since he is still the top scorer ( 19) and the best assists provider (10) in the Premier League. However the Egyptian finished 7th in the Ballon d’Or. A classification he complained about in an Egyptian television program: “The Ballon d’Or results were shocking to me. I don’t have much to say about it, but nobody expected me to finish seventh last year, but that’s what happened.
The former Chelsea player can’t find a rational explanation for his ranking, but doesn’t want to fall into conspiracy theories: “I don’t think there’s a conspiracy theory or anything, but there can be unclear choices and there are a lot of countries that don’t know how to vote. I don’t know what they base their choices on, but I’m not saying there’s a conspiracy or anything. I have nothing to prove that something is wrong. I really don’t know, but I was shocked by the result. Also excluded from the FIFA World 11, Salah obviously did not understand his absence either: “I am not happy to have been excluded from the FIFA team of the year, but there is nothing I can do about it. What satisfies me is that everyone shares my feeling, that I should be in the team. I don’t think there’s anything personal against me in particular, but that’s the reality I have to face.”