By: Drew Haggerty
What was supposed to be a Ballon d’Or winning campaign for Mohamed Salah, has quickly turned in a negative direction. After being considered a top three player in the world after this past season, soccer fans were very hopeful for Mo and Egypt to perform well in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With one group stage game remaining, Egypt has already been eliminated due to losses against Uruguay and Russia. Salah failed to appear in the team’s first game against Uruguay because of the shoulder injury that he suffered in the Champions League Finals game against Real Madrid. Even though he was not given the opportunity to impact the game, it is still disappointing to see a top player in the world ride the bench in a crucial opening game for his team and his legacy.
Mohamed Salah made his World Cup debut in the second game against Russia. Salah failed to impress anyone against the host nation as he rarely found opportunities to make the jaw-dropping runs that we all got used to with Liverpool. While Salah did put away a perfect penalty kick, Salah’s performance was by no means “world class”. While much of the blame can be put on the mediocre Egyptian team as a whole, soccer fans will the leave the World Cup with disappointment from what could have been several Ballon d’Or proving performances from Mohamed Salah.
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