Mo Salah’s rise to stardom caught me by surprise – Mikel admits

Mo Salah’s rise to stardom caught me by surprise – Mikel admits

Former Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel, has tipped Egyptian winger Mohammed Salah to win the Ballon d’Or prize in the future.

Former Liberian captain George Weah remains the only African player to have won the award since it was created.


Mikel who played alongside Salah during their time at Chelsea believed the Liverpool winger is a serious contender for the top prize and could end the drought for Africa.


Mikel said Salah’s development to one of the players in the world has caught many by surprise, including himself.


“When Salah came to Chelsea, he was a young boy, but he had a nice personality and everyone loved him, he was very disciplined.


“We were close friends, talking a lot and joking a lot, he was a good friend.”


“I believed in his development, but frankly I did not imagine that he would reach the quality that he has now,” he added.


“I did not expect Mohamed Salah to succeed after he left Chelsea and went to the Italian League, and from there to Liverpool, I did not expect that he would appear as good as he is now,”


“Salah is no less than the others until he wins the Ballon d’Or, and if that happens I will be proud of him, as he is very committed inside and outside the pitch.”


After failing to shine at Chelsea, Salah was transferred to As Roma, where he showed promises.


He finally fulfills his potential when he joined Liverpool, leading them to two UEFA Champions League final in two years.


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