Mo Salah vs Cristiano: Who is the best player in the PL?

Mohamed Salah has developed into one of the best players in the World at Liverpool, and his success rate has been immense and probably far superior to many of the all-time greats of EPL. 

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Following a failed stint at Chelsea earlier in his career, Liverpool’s decision to sign Mo Salah was questioned as something of a risk. However, Salah has established himself as one of the world’s truly elite forwards, scoring goals at an astonishing rate. 

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The return of Cristiano Ronaldo to United has had a massive impact on the United supporters and the race for the Golden Boot this year will be something to watch out for. It is 12 years since his departure. Ronaldo is undoubtedly a different player from the one who left Old Trafford more than a decade ago but even at 36 years old, he remains an exceptional goalscorer. 

Tactical Analysis:

Salah has evolved from a wide attacker who scored less than a goal every other game at Roma and Fiorentina into one of the most fearsome forwards in football. He still appears on teamsheets as a wide forward, but he takes up narrow positions and if he ever moves wide, he then attacks directed towards the goal to get into a position to shoot. 

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He is incredibly effective at forging shooting opportunities with a drop of the shoulder or a feint before shifting the ball away from his body. He takes both the majority of his goals with his left foot, so defenders will do their best to show him outside and so on to his weaker foot. He is a powerful runner, who uses his frightening pace and acceleration in several ways. He is comfortable working in tight spaces and his exceptional dribbling ability means he is extremely useful against deep-set defences. 

Ronaldo started his career in Manchester more as an attacking midfielder from the right side and then played mostly as a left forward or second striker. His outputs reached extraordinary heights at Real Madrid, where he regularly surpassed the 50-goal mark, but he left Juventus having netted 101 times in 134 games at an average of nearly 34 per season. 

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Ronaldo’s extraordinary longevity is down, in part, to his ability to adapt and evolve his game. The Portuguese left Old Trafford in 2009 as an explosive but at times erratic winger. He returns as an unrivaled goal poacher, less involved in general play but utterly ruthless in the opposition box. Ronaldo was not known for his heading ability as a young player but it has become a formidable weapon and probably he is the best in terms of aerial attacking threats.

Statistical Comparison:

Premier League Record:

Mohamed Salah 

Appearances – 165

Goals – 103

Assists – 37

Golden Boot – 2

2017/18

2018/19

Cristiano Ronaldo

Appearances – 200

Goals – 87

Assists – 34

Golden Boot – 1

2007/08

Salah has been superior when it comes down to statistical comparison but in terms of team trophies, CR7 edges out Salah for now. So when it comes to which of the footballing heavyweights has had the best Premier League career so far, the accolade has to go to the king of the wing: Mohamed Salah. 

Ronaldo has been one of the greatest players of this generation along with Lionel Messi. Not many will come near it also, but the Egyptian King certainly has been one of the best in the toughest League in the World. Both of them have different playing styles and these two will certainly entertain the audience for the Golden Boot race. 

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