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Mohamed Salah’s controversial seventh place finish in the Ballon d’Or mocked by Dejan Lovren

Mohamed Salah’s controversial SEVENTH place finish in the Ballon d’Or is mocked by former team-mate Dejan Lovren after Merseyside derby brace: ‘Keep it up and France Football will take you to sixth!’

  • The football world is still turning its head around Mo Salah Ballon d’Or place
  • Egyptian ace has been one of the planets most unstoppable stars for the past year
  • Yet it was believed that Salah’s exploits alone were good enough to justify the seventh
  • After a brace in Salah’s Merseyside derby, Dejan Lovren has backed him


Mohamed Salah continued his blistering form in the Merseyside derby with a sublime brace just days after being regarded as just the seventh best footballer in the world via the Ballon d’Or awards.

The France Football award is seen as the most prestigious individual honor in football and determines where the best players in the game are ranked.

Despite a stellar year of scoring goals in the blink of an eye, Salah still failed to top Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante.

Mohamed Salah continued his blistering form against Everton in the Merseyside derby

It prompted former teammate and close friend Dejan Lovren to mock France Football over the seventh place Salah got in the Ballon d'Or rankings

It prompted former teammate and close friend Dejan Lovren to mock France Football over the seventh place Salah got in the Ballon d’Or rankings

The result shocked the football community and Salah’s exploits in the Merseyside derby only made the decision all the more puzzling.

Salah’s former team-mate and close friend Dejan Lovren took to Twitter after seeing the Egyptian score two remarkable goals against Everton: ‘Mom keep it up and next year France Football will take you to 6th position. He deserves much more credit!’

The tweet was then widely circulated, with many fans also taking the opportunity to mock France Football for their final mention.

In Liverpool’s emphatic 4-1 win over the Toffees, Salah came close to completing his hat-trick, and manager Jurgen Klopp later revealed that his star player was angry he didn’t.

Klopp said: ‘He was angry after the game! He wanted to score the third.

Jurgen Klopp later revealed that Salah was upset he didn't score a hat-trick in the match

Jurgen Klopp later revealed that Salah was upset he didn’t score a hat-trick in the match

“I don’t take these things for granted. His second goal, you have to force these kinds of mistakes.

“Mo put pressure on Coleman to win that ball and from that point on there is a good chance he will score.

“We have momentum, but it was by far the best performance since I was with Liverpool at Goodison.”

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