Liverpool's Mohamed Salah poses with the PFA Player Of The Year Award Trophy during the 2018 PFA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London

Salah gamble on for Ballon D’Or shock

Mo Salah is being backed to land the Ballon D’Or – continuing his brilliant season.

The Egyptian ace has bagged over 40 goals for The Reds this season following his summer switch from Roma, and he has been named PFA Player of the Year, which was added to his African Player of the Year crown.

Now he could become on the second African player ever to land the prestigious Golden Ball – considered the biggest single honour any footballer can land.

Salah would have to break the dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – who between them have monopolised the Ballon D’Or since 2007 – when Kaka won, since then it has been either the Portuguese or Argentine superstar who has taken the honour.

“This is on, Salah is a genuine contender for this award,” said OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton.

“After his Player of the Year win, he is now into 7/4 – just behind Messi at 3/1 and the favourite Ronaldo at 11/10.

“But he was as big as 9/1 at the start of this month and amazingly was 100/1 at the turn of the year, the public think he can win this and so do the Bookmakers who have slashed his odds.

“Clearly Liverpool’s progress in Europe has helped and if, as expected, they beat Roma to make the Champions League final then their best player – Salah – could easily win this.

“And to be the first African to win the award since George Weah back in 1995, would be a huge achievement.”

Selected Ballon D’Or odds:
Cristiano Ronaldo 11/10
Lionel Messi 3/1
Mo Salah 11/10
Neymar 12/1
Kevin De Bruyne 20/1

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