Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah admits that he “feels great” to have been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi this season.
Salah has set a new benchmark in terms of goals in a Premier League season, netting 32 in 36 appearances, and has been one of the sensations of the last year – and it is a situation that he says he thrives upon.
“I feel great about the numbers,” he told BT Sport. “Everyone is talking about Ronaldo and Messi because they’ve been at that level of 15/13 years so I’m proud to see myself compared to them.”
Meanwhile, he has downplayed the prospect of the clash in Kiev being little more than a duel between himself and Ronaldo, with both firmly in contention to win the Ballon d’Or at the end of the year.
“It’s the final game, it’s not about Salah or Ronaldo, it’s about the clubs,” he pointed out.
“I want to make everyone proud, I want to make everyone in the city happy, in Egypt, over the world. I just need to think about the game, nothing else, just do my job.”
Ronaldo, meanwhile, argued that he is “completely different” to Salah and should, therefore, not be compared to him.
Salah has scored 44 goals in all competitions so far this season, including 10 in the Champions League, having turned out for the Reds 51 times. Moreover, he has created a further 16.
His efforts saw him claim numerous individual honours in England, where he was given both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards.
Such is the widespread popularity that the former Roma forward holds, his boots were put on display in the British Museum last week due to the iconic status the player holds across the Arab world.