Mohamed Salah Has Received 53% Of Votes To Win The Balon d'Or

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has a global appeal, we all know that, but does he really deserve to win the 2018 Balon d'Or?

The 26-year-old broke the record of scoring the most goals in a 38-game Premier League campaign, last season, beating Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane to the Golden Boot award with 32 goals for his club.

He also scooped the PFA Players' Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, African Footballer of the Year, BBC African Footballer of the Year, PFA Team of the Year, Liverpool's Fans Player of the Year, Liverpool's Players' Player of the Year AND the Premier League Player of the Season.

It has been an incredible year for Salah, and clearly thousands of people believe he should be crowned the 2018 Balon d'Or winner.

The forward has so far received 53% of the vote on the official France Football website, while Lionel Messi lags behind with just 28% of the overall votes.

In total, over 220,000 people have made their feelings known in the poll, and rather surprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo sits in third with just 5%, despite winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, among other feats.

Here's the overall standings so far:

Image: France Football
Image: France Football

Image: France Football
Image: France Football

The likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Ramos, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have yet to get off the mark in terms of percentage of votes cast, while the FIFA 'Best' award winner Luka Modric has also struggled for fan votes.

But who does Chelsea winger Hazard think will win the award?

"It will be for Messi or Cristiano, it is written like that," he said via Marca.

"I remember a year in which [Franck] Ribery won everything and didn't get it."

Back in May, when Salah was in peak form, the Egyptian was the odds on favourite to win the prestigious award:

Who do you think should lift the title?

Let us know in the comments below.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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