The last 10 years of the Ballon d’Or award have been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but there’s a new competitor emerging in 2018. Mohamed Salah is a serious contender for the Ballon d’Or and other FIFA Best prizes.

End of duopoly

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The 25-year-old has been in stunning form since his summer switch from Roma and his clever header against Bournemouth on Saturday was his 40th goal of the season. It’s a remarkable debut campaign at Anfield if you consider firing his country to the 2018 World Cup.

Ronaldo and Messi, who have both entered their thirties, have each won five Ballon d’Or’s since Kaka claimed the award in 2007. However, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah appears to be a serious contender to break up the duopoly.

Salah will lead the line for his country this at this summer’s World Cup after scoring the decisive goal to send them to Russia. Reds legend, Robbie Fowler, believes his international exploits should disrupt the dominance of the two La Liga superstars.

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The Statistics

All three players have produced magnificent statistics, and Salah is surely in contention to end their era of dominance. It’s almost impossible to separate the three of them right now.

“Scoring 40 goals means a lot,” said Salah on Saturday. “But I try to score every game to help the team. To get the points. “That is the most important thing for us, that we play as a team, we play as 11 players. So each goal for me, or for anyone else is to try to help the team.”

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Everyone had predicted that Neymar would be the next player to win the Ballon d’Or, but Salah could prove us all wrong.

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