Liverpool F.C. striker and star of the Egyptian national team Mohamed Salah just
earned the fifth place on the Ballon d’Or’s list for the best players in the world for 2019.
It’s not the first time Mo has earned a place in the rankings for Europe’s top clubs; the
Egyptian King made it to the sixth place in the Ballon d’Or 2018.
Salah is the first Arab player to occupy the fifth and sixth place on the famed list. The
previous highest-ranked Arab was in 2016 when Algerian Manchester City star Riad
Mehrez finished seventh while playing for Leicester City.
This year’s Ballon d’Or trophy was handed to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, with Liverpool’s
Virgil van Dyck, Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, and Senegal’s Sadio Mane, in second,
third, and fourth places respectively.
Despite this prestigious achievement, Salah didn’t attend the ceremony that was held in
Paris. So far, no reason has been given to justify his absence.
2019 was a year full of success for the Egyptian King. Mo managed to lead his
Liverpool team to their sixth Champions League title. Not just that, but by netting 22
goals, he won the Premier League Golden Boot for the second season in a row.