England Legend Lineker slams Premier League for awarding Ronaldo Player of the Month ahead of Liverpool star

  • Ronaldo picked up the award after scoring three goals in the month under review after making a return to Man United – But Lineker believes
  • Salah scored the same amount of goals last month and had more impact than Ronaldo

England legend Gary Lineker claims Liverpool star Mohamed Salah should have won the Premier League player of the month award comfortably ahead of recipient Cristiano Ronaldo.

But Lineker believes Salah who also scored three goals last month should have won the award instead for his impact at Liverpool so far, The Sun and Mirror report.
Lineker said: “He’s been terrific, but Mo Salah should’ve won this comfortably.”

However, fans are divided on who should or shouldn’t have won the award. One responded to Lineker, saying: “Has he been terrific? Two keeper gaffs v Newcastle, tap in v West Ham, Man U as a team were pretty poor in September and Ronaldo didn’t contribute much at all beyond those 3 goals. Salah light years ahead.” Another said: “Couldn’t agree more he’s most probably the best player in the world at the moment.” The third person said: “36 years of age, and he wins the Premier League POTM in his first month back.

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Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho Named in Top 15 Favourite Players for the 2021 Ballon d’Or

  • Lionel Messi looks good for a seventh Ballon d’Or title after inspiring Argentina to Copa America glory last summer
  • 90min has released a 15-man shortlist of players capable of winning the prestigious title this year following their performances
  • The Ballon d’Or will return in 2021 with world football’s biggest stars after a year break due to the coronavirus crisis.

Following his Copa America glory back in the summer, Argentine legend Lionel Messi joins a few contenders for this year’s coveted Balon d’Or award. The former Barcelona captain also had a terrific season before he was forced out of the Spanish club as he joins French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain during the summer, MEN reports.

Also, Champions League winners for Chelsea Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are also tipped to contend with Messi for the prestigious award, but Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski cannot be ruled out.

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was also tipped to win the Yashin Trophy following his exploits that saw Italy win Euro 2020 during the summer as he is expected to see off challenges from from Edouard Mendy and Ederson.

90min compiles a list of potential winner of the Ballon d’or below

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Robert Lewandowski
  3. Jorginho
  4. N’Golo Kante
  5. Romelu Lukaku
  6. Kevin De Bruyne
  7. Harry Kane
  8. Cristiano Ronaldo
  9. Gianluigi Donnarumma
  10. Karim Benzema
  11. Erling Haaland
  12. Raheem Sterling
  13. Federico Chiesa
  14. Neymar

Cristiano Ronaldo wins first award since return to Man Utd Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Manchester United Player of the Month for September after scoring five goals in six fixtures in all competitions.

The 36-year-old Portuguese staged a sensational return to Old Trafford about 12 years after initially leaving them for Real Madrid in 2009. He marked his dramatic comeback with a stunning brace against Newcastle United on his debut on September 11.