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“I can do what he does” — Vincent Aboubakar reiterates ‘unimpressed’ Mohamed Salah stance

By Ben Green

“I can do what he does” — Vincent Aboubakar reiterates his ‘unimpressed’ Mohamed Salah stance

Published: 22:19, 8 November 2022

Vincent Aboubakar has doubled down on claims he made earlier this year that Mohamed Salah is overrated and that he “can do what he does”.

The 30-year-old initiated his first broadside on Salah before Cameroon’s semi-final clash with Egypt in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which The Pharaohs won on penalties. The Cameroon captain suggested that Salah is “not at the level of Kylian Mbappe” and “he doesn’t impress me much”.

Liverpool’s talismanic sensation got the last laugh back in February, but Aboubakar has once again sought to downplay the scoring credentials of his attacking contemporary. Not afraid to irk a few Koppites, the Cameroon captain believes he is on a par with Salah.

The Al Nassr forward told 90FootballFr: “I’m not impressed by him. I can do what he does. I just don’t have the opportunity to play in a big club.

“I understand people’s attitudes, he’s one of the best goalscorers in the Premier League. It makes sense that when you go on about a player like that, people will talk.

“But I did say that it was my opinion, my point of view. I don’t give a toss if people don’t like it.”

Aboubakar’s original comments may have been viewed, at the time, as part of a physiological ploy to rattle Salah ahead of Cameroon’s Afcon semi-final clash against Egypt, but his latest criticism has come seemingly out of nowhere.

Back in February, the former Porto and Besiktas striker accused Salah of only performing well because he plays for Liverpool.

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He commented at the time: “He doesn’t impress me much. I say it clearly because I’m an honest person and I have my way of seeing things.

“If he impressed me, I would say so. But he doesn’t impress me much.

“He’s a good player, he scores a lot but he doesn’t produce a lot of stuff in the game.

“Of course, he’s doing good stuff in the Premier League because he’s been in a team that’s been there for years. He’s a good player but not at the level of some like (Kylian) Mbappe.”