Mohamed Salah may not have beaten Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or, but he was at least recognized at another event on Monday.
At the Champions Gala in Monaco, Liverpool’s exceptional player was awarded the Golden Foot Award, annually awarded to a new football player over the age of 28, as a team player and individual contributor.
This is further credited to his truly excellent form after his arrival in Liverpool, which completely changed his perception of his failure in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Salah was unable to make the trip in person, but his wife received the coveted prize on his behalf.
He said of his win: “I’m always very happy when I win the award. The Golden Foot Award has a special meaning for me because it has been won by many legends of world football. For this reason, I consider it a really special award.”
And so he must. Winners must be over 28 years old and may only win once.
Notably, 34-year-old Lionel Messi has never been given the title and pushed Argentina to the Salah Trophy this year. He saw tough competition from the likes of Niar, Robert Lewandowski and Sergio Ramos.
The Golden Foot was first handed over in 2003, when Roberto Baggio took it to his home. Since then, the likes of Ronaldo, Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo have been claiming the gong.
“Italy has taken the lead with the previous four winners, but one Englishman has never won the title.
The 2021 winner Salah has made an exceptional start to the 2021/22 Premier League season, scoring 11 goals and adding eight assists in just 13 games so far. Liverpool are third in the league, just two points behind leaders Chelsea.