Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has spoken out on his finish in the 2021 Ballon d’Or ranking.
The latest iteration of the award was once again won by the record-breaking Lionel Messi, who has now clinched the prize seven times.
Elsewhere, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho secured 2nd and 3rd place, with Salah somewhat bizarrely all the way down in 7th.
Given how impressive Liverpool's star attacker was in 2021, his failure to even crack the top-five did seem slightly odd.
However, when asked about a potential Ballon d’Or conspiracy recently, Salah was quick to dismiss such suggestions:
"It shocked me [not doing better in Ballon d'Or voting], but there's nothing I can say. No one in the world expected that I would be seventh, but that's what happened.
"I do not feel the conspiracy theory, but there may be inaccurate choices, and there are many countries which aren't popular with football knowledge and so far from it.
"I do not know their choices based on what, but I do not believe in the conspiracy theory.
"I don't have the feeling that there is anything personal against me specifically in the FIFA choices, but this is the reality we are dealing with."
Salah to win 2022 Ballon d’Or?
Whilst we are still a long way out from the voting, Mohamed Salah does look to have a great chance of winning the 2022 Ballon d’Or.
The Egyptian has already scored 27 and assisted 10 for Liverpool this term, and helped them secure the League Cup last month.
The Reds are also still going strong in the Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League. In turn, should they clinch even one of the league or Champions League this season, that would surely make Salah a Ballon d’Or favourite for 2022.
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