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Lionel Messi tops W2WC fan poll ahead of Mohamed Salah

Jamie Spencer
Lionel Messi is still the number one choice for fans
Lionel Messi is still the number one choice for fans / 90min
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Lionel Messi is still the player that the majority of fans would rather have in their team than Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah, underlining the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s legacy.

90min’s Twitter followers were asked to choose between Messi and Salah based on current form. More than 22,000 people responded to the poll and it was a sweeping win for the veteran Argentine, who traded Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

Almost two third (63%) of voters favoured Messi, with only 37% going for Salah.

Messi was recently awarded a record seventh Ballon d’Or award as a result of his continued excellence at club level, scoring another 38 goals in all competitions for Barça and playing a major role in Argentina’s Copa America triumph to seal his first ever international trophy.

Even with his relatively slow start to a fresh chapter in Paris in recent months, fans cannot see beyond his incredible natural and history-defining ability.

It speaks volumes that anyone could be placed on a higher pedestal than Salah right now. The Egyptian is as good as he ever been and has been pretty much unplayable all season.

Salah has scored almost a goal per game in the Premier League this season and netted seven times in the Champions League group stage. Already, he has reached 22 goals in all competitions, and is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush more than 30 years ago to do it five seasons in a row.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry was the fifth and final player chosen to join the top five right-sided forwards in the world in 90min’s latest W2WC YouTube show. In addition to Messi and Salah, the German star joins Riyad Mahrez and Federico Chiesa in the category.

Gnabry finished last season with yet another Bundesliga title, has already matched his 2020/21 goal tally and is part of a Bayern team heavily fancied in the Champions League.

Even though Messi won the popular public vote, the 90min metric placed Salah top of the standings for the five best right forwards in the world. Messi was second, Mahrez was third, Chiesa finished fourth, with Gnabry fifth as mentioned.

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