Klopp ‘surprised’ by Salah Ballon d’Or ranking after he finishes behind Ronaldo

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he was “surprised” Mo Salah finished seventh in the Ballon d’Or rankings on Monday night.

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Lionel Messi took home the award for record-extending seventh time as he overtook Robert Lewandowski for the honor.

Mo Salah has scored 17 goals in 18 matches so far this seasoncredit: Reuters
Jurgen Klopp can't figure out how Salah only finished seventh in Ballon d'Or rankings

Jurgen Klopp can’t figure out how Salah only finished seventh in Ballon d’Or rankingscredit: EPA

Chelsea pair Jorginho and N’Golo Kante also finished in the top five on either side of fourth-placed Karim Benzema.


Five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo finished sixth with Salah despite a remarkable start to the 2021–22 season.

And Klopp was taken aback by how low Egypt was in the rankings.

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Speaking ahead of the Merseyside derby against Everton on Wednesday night, he said: “I was surprised about them [Salah’s] Post.

“Journalists vote for the Ballon d’Or… If you think they should go higher, you should convince your colleagues!

“You can always give to Lionel Messi for his career, but if you don’t give it to Robert Lewandowski this time, he’ll never get it.

“And Mo should have been higher, of course.”

Asked about Salah and Lewandowski after winning the award again, Messi said: “Salah will have opportunities in the years to come.

“both players” [Salah and Lewandowski] We are doing our best right now and will have more chances to win it.”

Behind Salah were Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and Paris Saint-Germain pair Kylian Mbappe and Gianluigi Donnarumma in the rest of the top 10.

Salah was the fourth highest ranked Premier League player behind Jorginho, Kante and Ronaldo.

No other Liverpool player made the top 30.

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Raheem Sterling was England’s best player in 15th place, ahead of Mason Mount in 19th and Harry Kane in 21st.

Donnarumma won the Yashin Trophy for best keeper, with Lewandowski claiming the first striker of the year.

Chelsea were named Club of the Year as their men’s side won the Champions League, while their women’s team claimed the Women’s Super League title and finished runners-up behind Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League.

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