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Salah reveals the reason why he may never win a Ballon d’Or 

Mohamed Salah
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The Egyptian finished seventh in the latest rankings for the award, 492 points behind 2021 winner Lionel Messi.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has said the Ballon d’Or is sometimes ‘just politics’, suggesting he has become disillusioned by the voting process.

The 29-year-old Egyptian came home in seventh place in the 2021 Ballon d’Or poll. His position left many observers dumbfounded, considering his brilliance for club and country.

The two-time African Footballer of the Year’s highest Ballon d’Or finish was fifth in 2019.

‘I will have a good life even if I don’t win the Ballon d’Or’

However, in an interview with the GQ Magazine, Salah insisted winning the accolade isn’t everything to him.

“I want to be the best player in the world,” he said about his hopes of becoming a Ballon d’Or winner.

“But I will have a good life even if I don’t win the Ballon d’Or. My life is OK, everything is fine. Sometimes It’s just politics.”

On winning individual awards, he added: “I’m not really bothered by that.”

Salah also revealed his hopes of winning the Africa Cup of Nations and qualifying for another World Cup with Egypt.

The Pharaohs captain will lead the national team out for their Group D AFCON opener against Nigeria on Tuesday. For match details and betting tips, visit the link here.