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Cristiano Ronaldo believes Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah is a genuine contender to break his and Lionel Messi's decade-long dominance of the Ballon d'Or.

The 25-year-old beat Ronaldo's record of 31 goals in a Premier League campaign after the African forward netted 32 times in his first season in the English top flight.

A perfectly legitimate opinion to hold, but one that could create tension in the dressing room when he takes over as Real Madrid boss after the World Cup.

"Many people talk about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Messi battle but there are other players who have chances to enter the race (for Ballon d'Or)".

Salah suffered a shoulder injury following a challenge with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos to cast doubt on his World Cup participation.

Mohamed Salah arrived in Russian Federation to a grand reception which even five-time Ballon d'Or holders Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi didn't get.

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A fourth set point for Thiem was erased with - what else? - a drop shot by Cecchinato. "The big key was the second set", he said. Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in a matchup of past French Open champions to reach the semifinals.

When asked if he will leave Liverpool, Salah told Egyptian TV channel ON ENT: "All that I can say is that I'm happy to be here and I've adapted to the prevailing atmosphere".

"I hope his injury in the final in Kiev doesn't keep him out".

Squad role: Portugal are the reigning European champions, having beaten hosts France 1-0 in the final of Euro 2016.

"A defeat on the first day puts you in a bad way for the rest of the tournament so it's important to start well", he said.

Fernando Santos' side are in Group B for the competition and will face Spain, Morocco and Iran in the opening stages. "It's extremely unlikely that we'll see another player like him".


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