Mohamed Salah: I would sacrifice personal awards to redo Champions League final

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah says he will give up all of his trophies this season to win another UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Vinicius Junior’s goal in the second half showed the difference as Real Madrid won 1-0 in Paris on Saturday, beating Liverpool to lift their 14th European Cup.

Liverpool have been repeatedly blocked by Thibaut Courtois at the Stade de France, the goalkeeper who saved nine lives – a record in the UEFA Champions League final since Opta started recording details in 2003-04.

That ended Liverpool’s season, seeing the Reds approach to unprecedented repetitions, with a whimper and EFL Cup and FA Cup on their behalf.

Manchester City have beaten Jurgen Klopp’s team to the Premier League title, but Salah still wanted to be honored with many English top-flight goals, assistants, goal of the season, and both FWA and PFA Fans’ Player of the Year awards.

No Premier League player can match the goal-scoring involvement of an Egyptian overseas player (23 goals, 13 assists), which puts him in a higher position than his rivals.

But the 29-year-old insists he will look back on the 2021-22 campaign with remorse after failing again to beat Madrid, who also lifted the 2017-18 Champions League trophy by beating Liverpool 3-1.

“Being recognized by sports fans and journalists for one season is something special I will never forget,” Salah wrote on Twitter.

“However I can give all those personal awards a chance to play in the final, but that’s not how football works.

“I can not express in words how much we wanted to return the trophy to Liverpool but in the end we could not. I cannot thank the fans enough for your support.

“It’s been a very long season but part of me wants the next one to start again tomorrow.”

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