Graeme Souness’ verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah ahead of Man Utd vs Liverpool

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Graeme Souness believes Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘on another level’ to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. The two superstars will go head to head on Sunday. And it’ll be fascinating to see how the showdown plays out.

Ronaldo returned to United during the summer transfer window, moving back to Old Trafford after 12 years away.

And he’s scored six times so far, with his latest coming against Atalanta on Wednesday night.

However, Salah has outdone the Portugal international over the past couple of months.

The 29-year-old has bagged five times from three Champions League outings, while also netting seven goals in the Premier League.

But while Salah is ahead of Ronaldo in the scoring charts for now, Sky Sports pundit Souness thinks the United star is ‘on another level’.

“You can’t compare the two, it’s not just about the last three months,” Souness told Sky Sports.

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“There is an argument for Salah being the best player in the world in these three months of the season.

“Ronaldo has got an argument, Ronaldo could sit in any room with any player from any generation and say I’ve been the best player in the history of the game.

“And people would argue that point. For me he’s certainly up there.

“For [Salah], he’s had several good years at Liverpool, right now he is the best one around but Ronaldo is still on another level to what Salah is in his career, where he is at this stage.”

“If you’re saying I could have a 28-year-old Ronaldo and a 28-year-old Salah, I’d be taking Ronaldo.


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“But right now, and it’s present, and that’s what we’re interested in. Right now you would take Salah because he’s bang on form.”

Previously, Souness actually labelled Salah as ‘greedy’.

“I agree with Jurgen Klopp that Mohamed Salah has been the best player in the world this season,” Souness has written in his latest column for The Times.

“He is perhaps as greedy a player as I have seen. All the top names have an element of that but he is extremely selfish.

“Personal targets are important to him and he shoots from every possible angle, which frustrates his team-mates at times — especially Mane. The other players accept it because he is so good.

“When he doesn’t square it, he is either scoring or making goalkeepers work so that the follow-up is a tap-in for someone anyway, which makes it hard for anyone to criticise him.

“He may even take it as a compliment that I think he is the most selfish player I have seen because he is a goal machine.”

Ronaldo, meanwhile, has vowed to silence his critics this season.

“I know when the team needs my help defensively,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports.

“But my role in the club is to win, help the team to win and to score goals — [the defensive side] is part of my job.

“The people who don’t want to see that is because they don’t like me but to be honest I’m 36, I win everything so am I going to be worried about the people who say bad things about me?

“I sleep good at night. I go to my bed with my conscience very good.

“Keep going with that because I will still close mouths and win things. Criticism is always part of the business. I’m not worried about that and I see it as a good thing to be honest.

“If they worry about me or they speak about me, it’s because they know my potential and value in football still.

“I think the main word is that I’m still happy and enjoying football. It doesn’t matter how many things I won in my career — I’m still motivated.”

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