Betting Tips: Mohamed Salah 2/1 second-favourite to win Ballon d'Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo

Laurence Griffiths
Having continued his emphatic season with two Champions League goals, the Egypt international has seen his odds cut even further for the award

Mohamed Salah’s stunning performance in Liverpool’s 5-2 win over AS Roma in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night has seen his price slashed to win the Ballon d’Or.

The Egyptian scored a first half brace before adding a pair of assists in the second half to blow the Italian outfit away, although two late goals by the capital club kept the tie alive.

Paddy Power have made Salah a 2/1 (3.00) shot to scoop the prestigious award, just behind current holder Cristiano Ronaldo at 7/4 (2.75) .

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

Lionel Messi can be found at 5/2 (3.50) after an unremarkable season by his very high standards, with Neymar out at 16/1 (17.0) thanks to Paris Saint-Germain crashing out of the Champions League in the Last 16.

You have to go back to Kaka’s win in 2007 to find the last time any player not named Ronaldo or Messi won the Ballon d’Or, but Salah’s dazzling form this season means that monopoly could finally be broken.

The PFA Player of the Year has already bagged 31 Premier League goals this season, just one short of the 38-match record, and has 43 in just 47 games in all competitions – including 10 in the Champions League.

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Roberto Firmino also has 10 in the competition whilst Sadio Mane has eight, making them the first trio of clubmates to score eight or more goals in a single edition of the tournament.

If Ronaldo had not hit form at the turn of the year, then Salah would almost certainly be much shorter odds.

Indeed, the 33-year-old has scored in 12 straight matches to the tune of 22 goals whilst netting in 11 consecutive Champions League matches, making him just three goals away from breaking his own record of 17 in a single European campaign.

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