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Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi scooped his seventh Ballon d'Or award on Monday, with Robert Lewandowski finishing second in the rankings.
Jorginho, Karim Benzema and N'Golo Kante ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively in the Ballon d'Or standing.
Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently hit out at Ballon d'Or organisers France Football, finished sixth ahead of the in-form Salah.
Despite his shock seventh-placed ranking for the Ballon d'Or, Salah showed exactly why he is one of the best players in the world on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old Egyptian winger scored a brace for Liverpool in the Reds’ 4-1 thumping of city rivals Everton at Goodison Park.
Salah has extended his Premier League goalscoring tally to 13 in 14 appearances this season, with the Liverpool star also registering eight assists.
Lovren took to Twitter and brutally mocked France Football by suggesting the Ballon d'Or organisers might move Salah up one place in 2022 if he keeps up his current form.
The 32-year-old Zenit Saint Petersburg captain tweeted: “Mo continue like that and next year France Football will move you to the 6th position. He deserves much more credit!”
Mo continue like that and next year France Football will move you to the 6th position. He deserves much more credit!— Dejan Lovren (@Dejan06Lovren) December 1, 2021
Mo is sending some fans home after 20min only.— Dejan Lovren (@Dejan06Lovren) December 1, 2021
Salah couldn’t keep a straight face and burst into laughter after a reporter reminded him that he finished seventh for the Ballon d'Or.
Speaking after Liverpool’s win, Jurgen Klopp claimed Salah was “angry” that he missed out on a hat-trick against Everton.
“He was angry after the game! He wanted to score the third one,” he said.
“I don’t take these things for granted. His second goal, you have to force these kind of mistakes.
“Mo put [Seamus] Coleman under pressure to win that ball and from then on it is a good chance he will score.
“We have momentum but it was by far the best performance since I’ve been at Liverpool at Goodison.
“Before the game people told me that in derbies form or shape doesn’t count, I see it totally different.”