Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah 'shocked' by 7th place finish in Ballon d'Or voting

Tom Gott
Salah was not happy with his Ballon d'Or finish
Salah was not happy with his Ballon d'Or finish / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has admitted he was shocked to finish as low as seventh in the 2021 Ballon d'Or rankings.

Salah picked up 121 points in the voting but finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo, N'Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Jorginho, Robert Lewandowski and eventual winner Lionel Messi, who topped the rankings with 613.

It wasn't a great result for the Egyptian, who confessed to DMC that he was expecting to be significantly higher.

"The results of the Ballon d'Or were shocking to me," the Liverpool man said. "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 don't know what they base their choices on, but I'm not saying there's a conspiracy or anything.

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

Salah also missed out on a spot in FIFA's Mens World XI, which went with a mental 3-3-4 formation and still couldn't find space for the Egyptian, who was snubbed in favour of Messi, Ronaldo, Lewandowski and Erling Haaland.

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