“He must be a frontrunner” – Jamie Carragher snubs Mohamed Salah, names ‘likely winner’ of 2022 Ballon d’Or

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has offered Sadio Mane the lead for the 2022 Ballon d’Or award, ignoring his teammate Mohamed Salah.

Both Salah and Mane played a key role in the Anfield side’s extremely impressive season, with the Red Devils targeting an unprecedented back four. Salah is in remarkable scoring form, having hit the 30-goal mark in 48 appearances this season. The Egyptian winger has also contributed 16 assists and topped the Premier League scoring charts with 22 goals.

Meanwhile, Mane is also in good form. The Senegal striker has been brought on as a central defender to allow Luis Diaz to flourish on the left wing of coach Jurgen Klopp’s attack. Mane has scored 22 goals and five assists in 48 appearances this season and has also won the Africa Cup of Nations, where he was the Player of the Tournament.

Carragher believes Mane should be the frontrunner for this year’s Ballon d’Or. next to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Writing for the Telegraph, Carragher said (via LiverpoolEcho):

“Mane was my favorite Liverpool player under Jurgen Klopp – often underrated and underrated.

He added:

“Since January, the tendency to look down on him while Mohamed Salah gets all the attention has changed a bit. If Mane continues his current form, he could help inspire Liverpool to four trophies, including the FA Cup against Chelsea this weekend. He will also be the player most likely to win the Premier League’s 2022 Ballon d’Or. “

Carragher added that Mane is the frontrunner for this year’s award, saying:

“He must be the first. It looks like a penalty shootout between Real Madrid’s Mane and Karim Benzema. That means there could be more at stake than the Champions League winners’ medals when they meet in Paris. “

The former Red Devils player continued:

“Mane was Liverpool’s best player in his first season, playing on the right wing in a three-man attack. He showed himself at Liverpool with his brilliant first goal against Arsenal, breaking through from the right. and find his top corner. left foot. Mane can fit into any configuration of a team. That can’t be said about all modern strikers.”


Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema advances to 2022 Ballon d’Or Award

The 34-year-old is a football contender.
The 34-year-old is a Ballon d’Or candidate.

With all the brilliance of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah this season, Karim Benzema has perhaps performed better in the race for the Ballon d’Or.

He led Real Madrid to their 35th La Liga title, scoring 27 goals in 31 league appearances. He also topped the UEFA Champions League scoring chart with 15 goals, including 10 reaching the knockout stages.

That includes incredible hat-tricks in the second leg of the round of 16 against PSG and the first leg quarter-final against hosts Chelsea.

Ballon d’or candidate beyond Liverpool and Real Madrid (Striker) – Karim Benzema- 43 games- 43 goals- 14 assists- Mohamed Salah- 46 games- 30 goals- 15 assists- Sadio Mane- 46 games- 21 goals- 3 assists – Vinicius Junior- 48 games- 18 goals- 19 assists

The race for the Ballon d’Or is heating up and the winner of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid will most likely determine who wins the award.


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