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Elmohamady hails Salah as main rival to Messi and Ronaldo as Egypt go in search of Afcon crown

By Ben Green

Published: 16:24, 25 June 2019

Aston Villa full-back Ahmed Elmohamady believes Egypt teammate Mohamed Salah is “one of the best three players in the world”.

The Liverpool forward enjoyed another Golden Boot-winning season on Merseyside and will be hoping to fire his nation to Afcon glory this summer.

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  • For the second season running Salah clinched the Premier League Golden Boot.
  • His goalscoring exploits helped catapult Liverpool to Champions League success.
  • Liverpool legend Graeme Souness believes Real Madrid or Barcelona could pounce for Salah.
  • Across 2018 Salah netted 28 goals, Messi bagged 34, and Ronaldo scored 36.
  • Elmohamady now believes Salah is challenging the record-breaking Ballon d’Or duo.

Since relocating to Anfield in 2017, Salah has been in stellar form, notching 71 goals in 104 appearances, and Elmohamady now believes that his Pharaohs teammate can hold a candle to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He said: “[Mohamed] Salah is now one of the best three players in the world. This is a huge deal for the country and the Egyptian team.

“Salah being on any team will help them and be a great addition.

“Everybody anticipates his performance, so this is a positive thing and a good addition for the Egyptian team.”

The versatile Villa defender went on to add that while Salah is certainly considered the nation’s biggest threat, he believes Egypt have the requisite group harmony to take on any side.

He added: “As has been said, Salah is one of the 23 players on the list. Each player will help the others.

“We play as one team, but having Salah with us is a positive thing and an important thing for us as a team and as players.”

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Egypt at Afcon

Egypt enter the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as, not only the hosts of the tournament, but also the most successful country, having clinched the coveted trophy no fewer than seven times.

The Pharaohs were the first ever winners of the competition, clinching the inaugural accolade in 1957, and Salah will now be hoping to add further silverware to the nation’s trophy cabinet this summer.

The Liverpool ace was just a teenager the last time Egypt tasted Afcon success in 2010, and Javier Aguirre’s side have got off to the perfect start in their quest for the trophy this time around.

A 1-0 win against Zimbabwe on Friday night has put Egypt level on points with Uganda at the top of Group A after just one match, and they next face the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Wednesday.

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