Xabi Alonso previews Real Madrid vs Liverpool

In a sit-down interview with Liverpool FC earlier today Liverpool and Spain legend Xabi Alonso gave his thoughts on Liverpool’s

In a sit-down interview with Liverpool FC earlier today Liverpool and Spain legend Xabi Alonso gave his thoughts on Liverpool’s chances of winning the Champions League this year.

Belief

Supposedly, Alonso has believed since last summer that Liverpool would be capable of winning the Champions League this season. He told Liverpool that,

“With this team, from the beginning I had the feeling that they could beat anyone, that in any game anything could happen, especially at Anfield [where] they were so strong.

“You could see that Anfield was rocking in the European nights and they had that feeling, that belief that they could make it.

“The games were thrilling, so exciting to play, so exciting to watch, and I had big confidence in what they have done. And now the final is the final – anything can happen.”

Liverpool’s road to the final

Whether or not you believe Alonso that he knew as far back as last summer Liverpool could win the Champions League, the fact is Liverpool are now just one game away from getting their hands on their first Champions League trophy since 2005.

Liverpool topped their Champions’ League group finishing above Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor.

They would then go on to beat Porto, Manchester City and Roma in the proceeding knockout rounds to earn themselves a place in the final.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Real Madrid’s road to the final

Madrid, on the other hand, are looking to lift the trophy for the third year in a row.

Zidane’s men had a much harder group than Liverpool. They faced Spurs, Dortmund and APOEL in Group H. In which they finished second.

They would then go on to beat PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich in the knockout rounds. Once again, this was arguably a much harder road to the final for Madrid and as a result, they may be slightly more prepared than Liverpool.

However, only time will tell if Alonso’s supposed prediction will come to fruition.

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Stefan de Vrij’s nightmare night as Inter Milan pip Lazio to the Champions League

Lazio 2 – Inter Milan 3 Serie A enjoyed one of their best Scudetto races for some time this season

Lazio 2 – Inter Milan 3

Serie A enjoyed one of their best Scudetto races for some time this season and there was also incredible late drama in the race for the top four as well.

The final Sunday of the season pitted Lazio at home to Inter Milan, which was effectively a play-off for fourth spot in Serie A.

Coming fourth and not fifth, was the difference between Champions League and Europa League football, with the equation for both teams very clear before kick off.

Inter Milan were three points behind Lazio but with head-to-head deciding who would come out on top, the Nerazzurri knew a win would see them finish fourth and pip the team from Rome.

Lazio needed a win or draw to confirm their top four place.

Lazio go 1-0 up and 2-1 up vs Inter Milan…

For much of the night, Lazio looked they would ease into fourth place, as they twice lead in the match.

First through an Ivan Perisic goal and then after Danilo D’Ambrosio had equalised for Inter, Felipe Anderson made it 2-1 just before half-time.

A crazy three minute spell from 78, which saw goals scored by Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino, won it for Inter Milan.

But, the details of the game barely do it justice, with Stefan de Vrij in tears by the end thanks to a hugely unfortunate set of circumstances thrust the Dutch defender to be the main protagonist in the encounter.

Stefan de Vrij Lazio

ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 20: Stefan De Vrij of SS Lazio celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and SSC Napoli at Stadio Olimpico on September 20, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Stefan de Vrij’s nightmare night

First, we have to put things into context.

Stefan de Vrij has run down his contract at Lazio and has confirmed he will be leaving in the summer transfer window on a free transfer.

The Dutch centre back is widely expected to leave Lazio for Inter Milan.

As a result, this match was a “no-win” for De Vrij. Either he would grab fourth with Lazio and not be playing in the Champions League.

Or, he would see Inter Milan claim victory and be playing Champions League football next season, but with an after taste of a final day defeat with his former club.

De Vrij gives away a penalty for Inter Milan

De Vrij was eventually left in tears as he gave away a penalty to Mauro Icardi for Inter Milan’s second equaliser.

And, the Dutch defender was one of a number of Lazio players to go missing for Inter Milan’s winner, scored thanks to lax marking from a corner.

On 84, De Vrij’s horrendous night was confirmed when Simone Inzaghi pulled him off and threw on Nani for a spark of magic that could have turned Lazio’s season round.

In the end, it didn’t come and De Vrij was left in tears on the Lazio bench – put in an almost impossible position – in a football match worth so much money to both sides.

At least Stefan De Vrij will play Champions League football next season…

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Inter Milan Snatch Champions League Spot From Lazio

Inter Milan’s Captain Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi vies with Sassuolo’s Brazilian defender Rogerio during the Italian Serie A football match

Inter Milan’s Captain Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi vies with Sassuolo’s Brazilian defender Rogerio during the Italian Serie A football match Inter Milan vs Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium in Milan on Mai 12, 2018.

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Inter Milan snatched the final Champions League berth with a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over direct European rivals Lazio on the final day of the season at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Inter had to win in order to take third place from Lazio who had a superior head-to-head record and needed just to draw.

Late goals from captain Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino ensured Inter return to Europe for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, along with Juventus, Napoli and Roma.

Lazio had led 2-1 with a quarter of an hour to go in Rome after Ivan Perisic turned the ball into his own net and Brazilian Anderson got a second four minutes before the break.

But Danilo D’Ambrosio got one back after 29 minutes with Icardi slotting in a penalty after 78 minutes following a Stefan De Vrij foul to join Lazio’s Ciro Immobile as the top Serie A scorer this season with 29 goals.

Lazio captain Senad Lulic was sent off late for a second yellow card with Vecino heading in the winner minutes later.

Both Inter and Lazio finished equal on 72 points but Inter are ahead on direct clashes leaving Lazio fourth, five points behind Roma who beat Sassuolo 1-0 on Sunday.

Lazio go into the Europa League along with AC Milan who sealed direct access to the group stage with a 5-1 rout of Fiorentina, who finish eighth.

Earlier second-placed Napoli ended their record-breaking season with a 2-1 win that condemned Crotone to second-tier football next season.

Lorenzo Insigne orchestrated both Napoli goals as the southerners achieved a club record 91 points for the season — four behind champions Juventus.

Juve lifted the Scudetto for the seventh consecutive year with a game to spare and capped the season with a 2-1 win over Verona on Saturday, during which goalkeeping star Gianluigi Buffon called time on his 17-year career with the Turin giants.

Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli also became the first Serie A side to reach 90 points and still not win the league.

Crotone return to Serie B after two seasons in the top flight where they join already-relegated Verona and Benevento.

Although their dream of a first Serie A title since 1990 was over, Sarri’s side were in attacking mood.

Napoli poured forward from the start with Insigne setting up Polish forward Arkadiusz Milik to head in after 23 minutes.

Forward Insigne, who has been called up by new Italy coach Roberto Mancini to the national side, then provided the assist for Jose Callejon’s second after 32 minutes.

Marco Tumminello pulled one back for the side from Calabria in injury time.

Patrick Cutrone scored a double as Milan went on a goal spree in a come-from-behind win over Fiorentina at the San Siro that sealed sixth place and direct access to the Europa League group stage.

Fiorentina took the lead on their first chance after 20 minutes with Federico Chiesa’s sliding pass picked up by Giovanni Simeone, who finished off over a helpless Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Three minutes later Milan were back on level terms with Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu’s equaliser.

Cutrone headed in the first of his double four minutes before the break, and almost added a second before half-time but shot wide.

Croatian forward Nikola Kalinic extended Milan’s lead on 49 minutes off a rebound with Calhanoglu setting up Cutrone for his second 10 minutes later.

Cutrone thought he had completed a hat-trick with a header but was flagged offside.

Giacomo Bonaventura completed the rout after a run through midfield on 76 minutes.

Milan finished the season with 64 points while Fiorentina, whose season was devastated by the sudden death of captain Davide Astori in March, missed out on European action by finishing eighth.

Atalanta took seventh place and a spot in the Europa League qualifying rounds despite a 1-0 defeat at Cagliari after a late Luca Ceppitelli winner.

Earlier, Iago Falque and Daniele Baselli scored in either half to give 10-man Torino a 2-1 win at Genoa to finish ninth.

Promoted SPAL get to play another year in Serie A and capped the season with a 3-1 win over Sampdoria.

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Huge Liverpool vs Real Madrid claim: Marcelo is terrified of Mo Salah

Can Real Madrid stop Mo Salah? With nine days to go until the Champions League final in Kiev, thoughts are

Can Real Madrid stop Mo Salah?

With nine days to go until the Champions League final in Kiev, thoughts are turning to the individual match-ups between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

One issue for Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is how on earth he can possibly stop Mo Salah.

The Egyptian King won all the individual awards in England as Salah produced a record breaking first season at Liverpool.

Ultimately, no side in England or in the Champions League so far, could stop Mo Salah from cutting in on the right hand side to finish with his left foot in devastating fashion, besides Manchester United.

Marcelo of Real Madrid celebrates with team mates as they reach the final after the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Muenchen at the Bernabeu on May 1, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Marcelo vs Mohamed Salah

Zinedine Zidane can at least count on one of the best full backs in the world to deal with Salah, in Marcelo.

But, the Brazilian prefers to attack, often with deadly consequences, but might not be so well equipped to deal with Salah’s pace, directness and finishing ability with his left foot.

To add intrigue to this match-up, Salah and Marcelo have met before on the field of play, in direct competition.

Marcelo is “terrified” of Mo Salah

Former Egypt player, Mohamed Aboutrika was captain of his national team at the 2012 Olympics in London.

According to Aboutrika, who spoke to beIN Sports MENA (via the Liverpool Echo), Marcelo is “terrified” of Salah.

Aboutrika: “I witnessed on that pitch what Salah can do to Marcelo during the Olympic Games. I was playing with Egypt against Brazil. Marcelo is terrified of Salah. I noticed the same thing in the Champions League when Roma played against Real.”

Salah made a real impact on Marcelo first time around

In that Olympics game, Salah came on as a substitute at half-time, with Brazil 3-0 up.

Both Aboutrika and Salah notched in the second half.

Marcelo has also met Salah when Roma played Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 Champions League quarter finals.

Perhaps, due to this information, Zinedine Zidane will play a more defensive player in front of Marcelo to help him out against Salah?

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BT Sport will broadcast the Champions League final on Youtube

Broadcaster BT Sport have this afternoon announced that they will make the Champions League final on the 26th of May

Broadcaster BT Sport have this afternoon announced that they will make the Champions League final on the 26th of May available to watch for fans around the world for free.

Matchup

Liverpool and Real Madrid are set to go head to head in club football’s biggest showpiece in 11 days’ time in Kiev, with the latter hoping to retain their crown.

Real endured a tough (and controversial) road in making it back to this season’s final, having put all of PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich to the sword since the turn of the year.

The latest of these came versus Bayern, with Los Blancos having been lucky to scrape past the Bundesliga champions courtesy of a 4-3 aggregate scoreline.

Liverpool, meanwhile, advanced to the final of the Champions League via a thrilling 7-6 aggregate semi-final win over Serie A outfit AS Roma, despite falling to a 4-2 defeat in the tie’s second-leg.

Liverpool

ROME, ITALY – MAY 02: Sadio Mane'(R) with his teammates of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between A.S. Roma and Liverpool at Stadio Olimpico on May 2, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Gesture

The showpiece in Kiev in two weekends’ time is no doubt set to be an absolute spectacle, with both sides renowned for their brand of free-flowing, attack-minded football.

And, as mentioned above, BT Sport, who hold the broadcasting rights to the Champions League in the UK and Ireland, are set to make the clash available to watch for fans the world over free of charge, courtesy of a live 4K Youtube stream.

Where to watch

As per the broadcaster’s official announcement:

Ways to watch the UEFA Champions League Final and UEFA Europa League Final for free:

BT.com – BTsport.com/final

BT Sport app – Download from the app store

YouTube – youtube.com/btsport

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Real Madrid receive boost ahead of Liverpool Champions League final

11 days until the Champions League final Liverpool’s Premier League season may have come to an end on Sunday but

11 days until the Champions League final

Liverpool’s Premier League season may have come to an end on Sunday but they still have another 11 days to wait until the biggest match of their campaign.

Real Madrid are aiming for a third successive Champions League title whilst Liverpool will be looking to crack their dominance.

On Tuesday, Marca reveal that Real Madrid are looking good fitness wise for the Champions League final in Kiev.

Cristiano Ronaldo golazo vs Juventus

TURIN, ITALY – APRIL 03: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid scores his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Allianz Stadium on April 3, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo back in training today

Real Madrid return to training on Tuesday and are expected to have a full compliment of players available.

Isco returned to action in the 6-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s two major injury worries – Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal – are expected to return to training today.

Ronaldo injured his ankle in the recent El Clasico, when scoring Real Madrid’s first equaliser.

Ronaldo & Carvajal expected to play at Villarreal

Real Madrid still have one final match at Villarreal in La Liga this coming Saturday.

Both Ronaldo and Carvajal are expected to receive run outs in that game to fine tune their fitness for the Liverpool Champions League final.

With Gareth Bale in great form of late, Zinedine Zidane is now expected to have a fair few dilemmas on his hand for the Champions League final with Liverpool.

This remains Real Madrid’s most likely side to face Liverpool in Kiev:

Predicted Real Madrid XI vs Liverpool in the Champions League final

Predicted Real Madrid XI vs Liverpool

Predicted Real Madrid XI vs Liverpool

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Liverpool Qualify For Next Season’s Champions League

(Files) Liverpool’s English midfielder Jordan Henderson (2R) celebrates with teammates after Liverpool scored during the UEFA Champions League first leg

Liverpool Qualify For Next Season's Champions League
(Files) Liverpool’s English midfielder Jordan Henderson (2R) celebrates with teammates after Liverpool scored during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on April 24, 2018. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Liverpool cruised back into the Champions League next season by easing past Brighton 4-0 on Sunday as Mohamed Salah set a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a 38-game season.

Jurgen Klopp’s men face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26, but will be back in the competition next season no matter what happens in Kiev.

Salah, Dejan Lovren, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson were on target at Anfield as Liverpool finished with a five-point advantage over fifth-placed Chelsea, who were beaten 3-0 at Newcastle.

AFP

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Salah Fires Liverpool Into Champions League At Chelsea’s Expense

(Files) Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (L) vies with Chelsea’s German defender Antonio Rudiger during a football match at Stamford

Salah Fires Liverpool Into Champions League At Chelsea's Expense
(Files) Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (L) vies with Chelsea’s German defender Antonio Rudiger during a football match at Stamford Bridge in London on May 6, 2018. Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Mohamed Salah set a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a 38-game season to guarantee Liverpool’s place back in the Champions League next season by beating Brighton 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

Victory for Liverpool meant it didn’t matter what fifth-placed Chelsea did at Newcastle, but they failed to put any sort of pressure on the Champions League finalists by succumbing limply to a 3-0 defeat at St. James’s Park.

At the other end of the table, Swansea’s seven-season stay in the Premier League came to an end as they joined West Brom and Stoke City in being relegated to the Championship.

Needing to beat Stoke, Southampton to lose to Manchester City and a 10-goal swing in goal difference in their favour, Swansea failed to even sign off with a win as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Stoke.

Liverpool are aiming for a sixth European Cup when they face the might of Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26.

But Jurgen Klopp’s men know even if they fall short in Kiev, they will be back in the Champions League next season as they blew Brighton away.

Salah eased any nerves by swivelling to strike his first goal in four games on 26 minutes to take his tally in all competitions this season to 44.

Dejan Lovren made the game safe with a towering header just before half-time and Salah then turned provider for Dominic Solanke to slam home his first Liverpool goal.

Liverpool were allowed to rest easy with Salah and Sadio Mane withdrawn before Andy Robertson added a fourth.

Chelsea gave themselves no chance of usurping Liverpool into fourth as they slumped to a 10th Premier League defeat of the season in the north-east.

Dwight Gayle and two goals for Ayoze Perez piled ever more pressure on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte just six days ahead of what could be the Italian’s final game in charge in the FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Champions Manchester City have broken the Premier League record for wins, points and goals this season and set another landmark by becoming the first side in English top-flight history to reach 100 points as Gabriel Jesus struck a dramatic late winner to beat Southampton 1-0.

That also meant City set record Premier League margin of victory of 19 points from Manchester United, who won 1-0 over Watford at Old Trafford.

England manager Gareth Southgate will name his World Cup squad later this week, and there was plenty of encouragement for Southgate as his three of his strikers were on target.

Marcus Rashford scored his first goal since March for United’s winner, whilst Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane both struck twice at Wembley as Tottenham came from 3-1 down to beat Leicester 5-4 and hold off Liverpool to finish third.

Kane cancelled out Vardy’s early opener before Riyad Mahrez restored Leicester’s lead and Kelechi Iheanacho’s smashed home a third for the visitors early in the second-half.

Erik Lamela scored twice and saw another effort deflect in off Christian Fuchs for an own goal to put Spurs in front before Vardy levelled with his 20th league goal of the campaign.

However, Kane had the final say with his 41st of the season to head to the World Cup in fine form.

Arsenal gave Arsene Wenger a parting gift in his final game as manager after 22 years in charge by winning their first points away from home in the Premier League in 2018 with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield.

Club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted his 10th goal in 13 games since joining in January by finishing off the sort of free-flowing move that Wenger has made his trademark as Gunners boss.

AFP

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Chelsea Miss Champions League After Loss At Newcastle

Newcastle United’s Welsh defender Paul Dummett (L) pressures Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud (R) during a football match between at

Chelsea Miss Champions League After Loss At Newcastle
Newcastle United’s Welsh defender Paul Dummett (L) pressures Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud (R) during a football match between at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north-east England on May 13, 2018. Lindsey PARNABY / AFP

 

Chelsea’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League was confirmed as they completed a disappointing Premier League campaign by collapsing to a dismal 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday.

In what is widely expected to be Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s final league game in charge, Ayoze Perez scored twice after Dwight Gayle’s opener, and the below-par Blues had to settle for finishing fifth.

That condemns them to a place in the less prestigious Europa League next season.

Victory at St James’ Park allied to a final-day defeat for Liverpool would have seen Chelsea snatch fourth, and while they failed in their task, it was rendered academic as Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League finalists ran out comfortable winners against Brighton.

Conte’s side still have the incentive of silverware to play for when they face Manchester United in the FA Cup final next Saturday.

But they go into that game with a continuing question mark over their Italian coach following their failure to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition, their points tally 23 less than in their title-winning season 12 months ago.

This could also have been a final game in charge for Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, with the Spaniard’s future in doubt pending key talks with the club’s owner Mike Ashley in the next week.

If this was to be farewell for the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid head coach, his players gave him a rousing send-off, as Perez struck twice after the break to add to Gayle’s first-half opener to confirm an impressive 10th-place finish in their first season back in the top flight.

Chelsea, who made eight changes from the side held 1-1 at Stamford Bridge by lowly Huddersfield Town in midweek, looked ill-at-ease from the first whistle.

– Blown away –

They were fortunate to be just a single goal down at the interval as the hosts produced some of their finest football of the campaign.

Only a stand-out display from Thibaut Courtois prevented his side from being blown away as the Chelsea goalkeeper produced stunning saves to block long-distance efforts from Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame.

The Belgian international prevented N’Golo Kante from inadvertently deflecting Matt Ritchie’s cross into his own net, but was unable to stop Gayle giving his side a deserved 23rd-minute lead.

From Ritchie’s cross, Courtois blocked Jacob Murphy’s looping close-range effort, only to be beaten by Gayle’s headed follow-up, the forward’s sixth goal of the season.

Shelvey should have doubled the advantage when firing badly wide from the edge of the area, Perez then dragging a shot wide from a centre by Gayle, who came close to claiming a second when Courtois beat out his fierce low shot as the visitors somehow held on.

With Conte cutting a largely disconsolate figure on the sidelines, it took his side more than 50 minutes to muster a threat of note, keeper Martin Dubravka expertly tipping over Olivier Giroud’s looping effort from Ross Barkley’s cross.

It proved to be a rare threat, and they were soon further in arrears as Perez, lurking in the six-yard box, touched home Shelvey’s shot for the second.

Dubravka produced an improbable save with his feet to deny Barkley before Perez tapped home Florian Lejeune’s inviting 63rd-minute knock-down to leave Chelsea in tatters.

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Mo Salah Lookalike: Ahmed Bahaa Spotted With Liverpool Star in Egypt

It’s really rare to find a double of your favourite star these days as many of them are either too

It’s really rare to find a double of your favourite star these days as many of them are either too tall, short or fat. This is not the case for University of Cairo graduate Ahmed Bahaa who lives in Egypt and looks much like 25-year-old Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Salah has netted 43 goals in all competitions this season, pegging him with Ronaldo on goals,.While Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has 45 goals in all competitions and counting.

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Bahaa, who is an engineer by trade was spotted with his lookalike Mo Salah in Giza, Egypt. The pair share same facial features including facial expressions, quite interesting if you agree with me.

The duo met in Roma back in 2016, when Salah had made a name for himself for both club and country but yet to stamp his presence in the European championships.

Bahaa has regularly been seen on Egyptian television posing in both the Egyptian national and Liverpool shirts baring Salah’s name.

The Egyptian forward has helped Liverpool qualify for the Champions League final, a competition they have won five times. Mohamed Salah will be looking to win the coveted Ballon d’Or if he helps his side win the Champions League on the 26th of this month.

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