Ballon d’Or conspiracy theory; Mohamed Salah responds to the snub despite his sensational efforts for Liverpool.
After being tipped as a likely winner, Mo Salah admits he was “shocked” to finish seventh in the Ballon d’Or rankings.
In November, Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball for the seventh time, bringing his total to seven.
Robert Lewandowski was his closest rival, with many believing the Pole earned the individual award.
Salah, on the other hand, was considered as a bit of an outside bet due to his amazing form for Liverpool.
Salah was scoring more than a goal per game, with some of his sensational strikes underlining his quality.
Despite that, the Egyptian never threatened and ended up finishing below the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, and Karim Benzema.
Liverpool’s No.11 has confessed there is nothing he can do about the result despite evidently taking issue with it.
“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,” Salah said on Egyptian TV and the DMC channel.
Salah’s efforts were also not good enough to see him named in the latest edition of FIFA’s World XI.
The 29-year-old didn’t even make the original 23-man shortlist with Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, Lewandowski and Messi the forward players eventually picked in the final team.
The Liverpool star refused to get drawn into any ‘conspiracy’ ideas but did feel as if some of the choices were incorrect.
He claimed: “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.”