Wednesday Apr 15, 2020. 12:00
Egyptian international Amr Warda has stated his belief that Pharaohs teammate Mohamed Salah is a better player than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Salah has become one of the world’s most recognisable footballers due to his exploits with Liverpool, who he joined from Roma in mid-2017.
The forward helped the Reds reach two successive UEFA Champions League finals – the latter of which they won over Tottenham Hotspur – and the team was on the verge of clinching the Premier League title before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Salah is certainly among the top-performing players today, but is he really better than all-time greats Messi and Ronaldo? Warda believes so, though he admits this is due to friendship and loyalty to his compatriot.
“It’s impossible to say who’s the better player between Messi and Ronaldo, because Ronaldo is an example of a hard worker while Messi is more naturally talented,” Warda told Greek news outlet Forza, as quoted by KingFut.
“Salah for me is better than Messi or Ronaldo, not because he’s the best, but because he’s a really good friend of mine so I’ll always take his side when comparing him to other players.”
Warda, meanwhile, is hopeful that he will return to parent club PAOK after spending time on loan at Larissa.
“I deserve a new opportunity with PAOK. It was unacceptable for me to be named the best player in Greece and sit on the bench the next season, even though I performed well during the ‘big games’ against the likes of Benfica and Chelsea,” the 26-year-old continued.
“I can’t wait to return to PAOK and win the domestic double (league and cup) and qualify for the UEFA Champions League. I made the most out of my loan spell at Larissa this season, where I scored seven goals and gave six assists, as we now sit eighth on the league table.
“I therefore consider it a successful experience and I always try to improve my performances and I promise I will give it all I got if I return to PAOK.”