Mo Salah warned about Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons ahead of Liverpool FC v Real Madrid
Ryan Giggs pours cold water on comparisons between Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the Champions League final
Ryan Giggs believes Mo Salah has a lot more work to do to justify comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Liverpool FC’s clash against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.
The Egypt international has been a sensation at the Anfield outfit this season following his £39m move to Liverpool FC from Serie A giants in the 2017 summer transfer window.
Salah won the PFA player of the year award after an incredible return of 32 goals in 36 games in the Premier League to finish above Harry Kane in the goal-scoring charts.
The African’s Premier League haul surpassed Ronaldo’s record of 31 goals – a feat that the Manchester United legend had shared with Luis Suarez and Alan Shearer.
Salah has scored 10 times in the Champions League this season to help the Reds reach the final for the first time since 2007.
However, Liverpool FC will face the defending champions as Ronaldo looks to inspire Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title.
Former Manchester United midfielder Giggs has played down comparisons between Salah and Ronaldo ahead of the Kiev showpiece on Saturday evening.
“You can’t ignore this season has been huge for Salah. He’s been a match-winner and he’s had a great season,” Giggs told Sky Sports.
“But he has some way to go. He’s proved what he is capable of, and he’s matched those two players (Ronaldo and Lionel Messi) in terms of performances and goals this season, but you’re talking about two players who have done it for 10 years, consistently scoring goals, and, in particular, big goals.
“You talk about Ronaldo and Messi, they’ve done it on the big occasion. Between them, they’ve scored in various Champions League finals and been the difference. So to be talked about in the same breath as Ronaldo and Messi, he has to do it for a prolonged period.
“To be regarded as one of those really big players, you have to be winning the big trophies. You have to score in the big games, and it doesn’t come any bigger than the Champions League final.”
Salah needs to score a hat-trick in the Champions League final to equal Ian Rush’s record of 47 goals in a season for Liverpool FC.