2-time Premier League golden boot winner labelled Lionel Messi of Africa amid interest from Bayern Munich

2-time Premier League golden boot winner labelled Lionel Messi of Africa amid interest from Bayern Munich

- Mohamed Salah made his mark as one of Europe's most prolific forwards after his move to Liverpool in 2017

- The former Chelsea star was instrumental to the Reds' Premier League and Champions League successes

- However, Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz has compared the Egyptian to Messi amid the German club's interest

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is comparable to Lionel Messi.

According to Rummenigge, Salah's achievements on the pitch comfortably places him on the same level as the Barcelona icon.

The Egyptian forward has enjoyed a steady rise to prominence in Europe especially since his switch from AS Roma to the Premier League with Liverpool back in 2017.

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Salah has since cemented his place as one of Jürgen Klopp's integral squad players, playing a major role in the Reds' recent successes.

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah hailed as Africa's Lionel Messi

Mohamed Salah made his mark as one of Europe's most prolific forwards after his move to Liverpool in 2017. Photo by Michael Regan.
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The former Chelsea star was pivotal in Liverpool's Champions League triumph in 2019 when they beat rivals Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid to lift the coveted prize.

The Merseyside outfit followed up that with a Premier League title during the 2019/20 campaign, beating closest challengers Man City by 18 points to cart home the trophy.

Whereas Salah trails Messi by more than 400 club goals, Rummenigge still contends his goalscoring prowess matches that of Messi to brand him the "Messi of Africa." Rummenigge told ON Time Sports as cited by Goal.

“In my opinion, Salah is the Messi of Africa and of course he has the skills to play for the best teams in the world.

“What he [Salah] has achieved can be compared to what Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo did with Barcelona and Real Madrid,."

Salah is nearly hitting the 200-goal mark for Liverpool after a successful career with the Anfield-based side spanning to three years.

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At the international level, the 28-year-old is closer to Messi in goal tally, having scored 43 goals for The Pharaohs in just 68 games compared to the Argentine's 71 in 142 appearances.

The Bayern chief's comparison of Salah to Messi comes at a time the forward is facing an uncertain future with Liverpool. He has previously been linked with a move to the La Liga with Real Madrid and Catalan giants Barcelona.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Mohamed Salah has come under heavy scrutiny for dramatically falling to the ground in a bid to win a penalty during Liverpool's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.

The 28-year-old forward confidently converted the opportunity and restore parity for the hosts in the 63rd minute after Ilkay Gundogan had given City the lead earlier in the second half.

Although the Egyptian's goal was not enough to rescue the Reds from their third straight defeat after Gundogan grabbed another goal while Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling also scored.

Source: Legit

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