The forward didnt expect to come in seventh place in voting for the prestigious honour
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has said he was shocked by the results of 2021 Ballon dOr voting when he finished in seventh place, saying that no one in the world expected him to be so low in the final tally.
However, the Egyptian maintains that he has already done enough in his career to die feeling accomplished.
Salah reached the Africa Cup of Nations final this year and is again leading Liverpool in a tight Premier League title chase.
“It shocked me [not doing better in Ballon dOr voting], but theres nothing I can say. No one in the world expected that I would be seventh, but thats what happened,” Salah said on Egyptian TV and the DMC channel.
On not making the FIFA World XI, he said: “I do not feel the conspiracy theory, but there may be inaccurate choices, and there are many countries which arent popular with football knowledge and so far from it. I do not know their choices based on what, but I do not believe in the conspiracy theory.
“I dont have the feeling that there is anything personal against me specifically in the FIFA choices, but this is the reality we are dealing with.”
Salah also discussed how he was grateful for many things in his career.
“There are no words to describe how I feel about peoples positive comments towards me or to be a reason for their hope,” he said. “Today, if I died, It would be after achieving a lot of things that I wanted to achieve.
“People dont realize how happy I am when I come to play for the national team, its an honor for me to wear the national team shirt.
“The most important match I played in my life was the qualifying match for the World Cup 2018 against Congo, my happiness after the winning goal was indescribable.”
Salah has the chance to finish higher than seventh in the 2022 Ballon dOr voting, especially if Liverpool win the Premier League or Champions League.
The forward has 19 goals and 10 assists in domestic league action this year.