Ballon d'Or: Salah named sixth best, Mane ranked 22nd

The Liverpool stars were the only Africans on the shortlist and were rewarded for their efforts as Croatia star Luka Modric was named winner

Mohamed Salah finished sixth best in the 2018 Ballon d'Or ranking, with Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane picking the 22nd position.

Both players starred on Merseyside and for their respective countries in the year under review.

Salah - the most outstanding of the duo - broke several records in his first season at Liverpool, becoming the highest goalscorer in a 38-game Premier League season with 32 goals, laying 10 more to grateful teammates as the Reds claimed a top-four finish.

His exploits were also felt in Europe where he netted 10 times to help Jurgen Klopp's side to the Uefa Champions League final, where he was forced out with a shoulder injury and his team eventually lost to Real Madrid.

The 3-1 loss saw Mane score Liverpool eventual consolation effort, thus, becoming the first Senegal player to net in the showpiece.

The strike was his 10th in the competition, same number he recorded in a successful league run, adding seven assists.

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Both players helped their countries qualify for the 2018 World Cup, with Salah's heroics sealing a return for Egypt after a 28-year absence.

While the shoulder injury subdued the former Roma star's influence on the global scene, Mane got unlucky as Senegal were ousted from the group stage in the unlikeliest of manners. Despite his struggles, the former grabbed two goals while the latter had one to his name.

They have since continued from where they stopped and, by their performances so far, should be back in 2019.