Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has admitted that he was ‘shocked’ to finish no higher than seventh in the 2021 Ballon d’Or rankings.

Last year’s award was won by Lionel Messi – the seventh time he has claimed the prize – after he carried Argentina to Copa America glory and posted mightily impressive numbers for Barcelona.

The free-scoring Robert Lewandowski finished a very close second with Italy and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho completing the final podium.

Salah came a distant seventh, below Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Cristiano Ronaldo despite starting the 2021/22 club season in world-class form.

Speaking to L’Equipe, the Egyptian revealed that he had expected to finish higher.

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