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Mohamed Salah admits shock at Ballon d'Or snub and seventh-place finish

Mohamed Salah was 'shocked' at finishing seventh in the 2021 Ballon d'Or
Mohamed Salah was 'shocked' at finishing seventh in the 2021 Ballon d'Or / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Mohamed Salah has admitted he was shocked at being snubbed for the Ballon d'Or last year.

The Liverpool star scored 37 goals last season but the Reds failed to lift any silverware which ultimately cost the Egyptian at the awards ceremony.

Salah received just 121 votes while Lionel Messi, who lifted his record seventh Ballon d'Or, got 500 votes more than the Liverpool forward.

"The results of the Ballon d'Or were shocking to me," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"I don't have much to say about it, but there was nobody who expected me to finish seventh last year, but that is what happened.

"I don't think there's a conspiracy theory or anything, but there may be inaccurate choices and there are many countries who don't know how to vote.

"I have nothing to prove that there is something wrong. I really don't know, but I was shocked at the result."

Salah was also left out of the World XI, as Erling Haaland, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, and Cristiano Ronaldo were picked in a front four.

"I'm not happy that I was left out of the World XI, but there's nothing I can do," Salah added.

"What satisfies me is that everyone shares my feelings, that I should be in the team. I don't think there's anything personal against me specifically, but that's the reality that I'm dealing with."