Just a year ago, this soccer star had been the talk of the town as he terrorized the Premier League goalkeepers. Last season, he won the Golden Boot and his side lost the Premier League title by just one point. In addition to that, this soccer star won the Puskas award in 2018 over some huge names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. The soccer star we are talking about is none other than the Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah.
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It’s fair to say that this has been a rather disappointing season for Mohamed Salah. The Liverpool star has failed to maintain the lofty standards he has set in the past. This season, Salah has scored only 7 goals in 19 Premier League appearances.
Meanwhile, in the UEFA Champions League, Salah has a much better record this season. The Egyptian star has scored 7 goals in 5 appearances. He’s currently the top scorer in the competition, alongside PSG’s Mbappe.
Last season, Liverpool almost won an unprecedented quadruple.
This season, they’re out the FA Cup, out of the Carabao Cup, 9th in the Premier League and face Real Madrid next in the Champions League.
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However, in 2023, Salah has so far managed to score just a solitary goal. Salah’s poor goalscoring rate has resonated with Liverpool’s shambolic performances this season. Liverpool is currently ninth in the league, with just 29 points from 19 games. Liverpool has also been knocked out of the FA Cup as well as the Carabao Cup. Moreover, they face the defending champions, Real Madrid, in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah’s career since winning the Puskas in 2018
Mohamed Salah has established himself as one of the best soccer players over the past year. Salah has been instrumental in Liverpool’s success in recent times. In what may be his best personal achievement, Salah won the Puskas award in 2018, beating other stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Salah scored a memorable solo goal against Everton which bagged him the Puskas award in 2018.
Four years ago today, Mo Salah scored his first Merseyside derby goal.
It won him the Puskas 🏆
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— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 10, 2021
Since winning the award, Mohamed Salah has gone on to win the UEFA Champions League as well as the Premier League. Salah’s Liverpool won their sixth Champions League title back in 2019. Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final, with Salah scoring Liverpool’s opening goal within two minutes of the game.
In 2019-20, Salah led Liverpool to Premier League glory after a long span of 30 years. It was a hugely successful campaign for Liverpool, as they finished the season with 99 points. Salah has gone on to win the Premier League Golden Boot three times in his career, becoming only the third player to do so. Salah won the Golden Boot in 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2021-22 (via Premier League). Salah also won the PFA Player of the Year in 2018 and 2022.
Did Salah deserve to win the Puskas over Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale?
Although Mohamed Salah won the Puskas award in 2018, many fans felt that the Egyptian star didn’t deserve to win it. Undoubtedly, Salah scored a stunning goal against Everton which won him the award. However, soccer fans felt that Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale deserved to win the award instead of Salah.
What. A. Goal.
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s out-of-the-world overhead goal against Juventus during the 2017-18 Champions League quarterfinal was nominated for the Puskas award. Gareth Bale had also scored an outrageous overhead goal, that too in the 2017-18 Champions League final against Salah’s Liverpool. Many fans felt that Ronaldo or Bale’s goal was much better than Salah’s goal against Everton.
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