Nigeria striker, Taiwo Awoniyi has come out to back Mohamed Salah as a future Ballon d’Or winner. He recently revealed that his former Liverpool team-mate is on the same level as Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.
According to him, he watched a player who has everything in Liverpool training for several weeks, and Salah now has the experience to win the biggest awards.
Taiwo added that Salah is playing football at the highest level right now and he deserves to be rewarded.
His words, “When I met with him and saw him in training, you see a guy who has everything.”
“The experience is there. From where he came from, he has played for Chelsea, for Roma and now Liverpool. This guy is already at the top. He is on the level of Messi and Lewandowski, and the rest.”
“He does everything, and everything is working together. His experience is coming into play now. He is a guy who always wants to do more for himself and for his club.”
“It was something great for me to meet that kind of guy. He is really, really on the highest level of football for me.”
On Nigeria and AFCON, “I sometimes joke with people that there are two different places. Some are born abroad, some are born in Africa. It’s completely different.”
“For the likes of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Naby Keita, to see what they have achieved is special. I always say to people that if you know their background, if you know how they started, you have to give them more kudos.”
“I’m not saying that the others [non-African players] would not reach that level, but you need more to reach the top if you are born in Africa.”
“The likes of Sadio, Mo and Keita, to be playing for Liverpool on the highest, highest level, these are people that for a young player coming up, you look up to.”
“You come from the same background, you know what you went through to get to this stage, and they show you that you have to keep on going, keep on fighting.”
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