Egypt Independent

Mohamed Salah among top contenders for Golden Boot: Report



British newspaper The Mirror has listed Egyptian International and Liverpool FC striker Mohamed Salah among the top 10 contenders to win the “Golden Boot” English Premier League top scorer award for the third time in a row.

In a report on Saturday, the newspaper wrote that of the 10 contenders closest to snatching the award, Salah (who currently has 14 goals) was just three goals behind top scorer Jamie Vardy, the Leicester City star.

The Mirror’s top 10 contenders for the award include Sergio Aguero, 16 goals, Marcus Rashford, 14 goals, Danny Ings, 14 goals, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 14 goals, Tammy Abraham, 13 goals, Sadio Mane, 11 goals, Raul Jimenez, and Teemu Pukki.

“With two Golden Boots in two years, Mohamed Salah is looking to get a third in a row to cap off a sensational season for Liverpool and match Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry’s three consecutive wins,” The Mirror said.

“Aubameyang shared the Golden Boot with Salah and Sadio Mane last year with 22 goals, though the winner will likely need to score more than that this year”, it added.

The report added that with 13 games to go, the race for the Golden Boot is heating up with no clear leader – and with only six goals between the players in first and tenth, the race is likely to go right to the last.

Salah made history by becoming the first Egyptian player to win the Confederation of African Football’s player of the year award in January 2018 for the second year in a row.

He was also the first Egyptian to get his portrait displayed at the world cup exhibition in June 2018, and the world-famous Madame Tussauds museum in London also announced that the Egyptian footballer will be getting his own wax sculpture.

In 2019, Time Magazine listed Salah as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and that same year, he won Liverpool’s Goal of the Decade title with his goal against Tottenham Hotspur in February 2018.

Earlier in December 2019, Salah was also named the fifth-best player in the world by the magazine France Football as part of the prestigious Ballon d’Or awards – football’s greatest individual prize.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm