Messi and Salah have both stood out for their respective clubs over the past few seasons, while their style of play is also similar according to former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
But the Frenchman believes the Argentina captain is a superior player to Salah because he is not as selfish as the Egyptian. However, he believes he can reach the level of Messi if he can find a little bit of consistency and cut out his obsession with scoring.
Mohamed Salah came in under intense criticism over the last few days for his selfishness in front of goal. He incurred the wrath of Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley after he failed to pass to the Senegal international who was in a better position to score.
While Salah is a very good player, Wenger believes he’s obsessed with scoring. “He’s 20 goals away basically, if you want to be as concrete as possible,” Wenger said in an interview with Bein Sports.
The former Monaco manager compared his qualities with that of Messi but said the Argentine is a better player. “But he is similar to Messi. He must still find the consistency of Messi.
I find him a just as good finisher but Messi is the complete thing – he gives the final ball as well and Salah is a bit obsessed now by finishing himself so that’s a dimension he’ll get certainly when he gets a little bit older.
To find the moment when you have to give the ball and when you have to finish. “I like him very much, he has huge potential.”