4:00 PM | Tuesday 30 November 2021
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool player
FIFA regulations deprived Mohamed Salah, the national team player and Liverpool FC, of a third of Egypt’s votes in the “The Best” award for the best player in the world for the 2021 edition, presented by FIFA, before announcing the final vote result. And the choices of each category for the best in the world, after the International Federation of Journalists chose Walid Al-Hadidi to be a representative of the Egyptian media for the second time in a row, and also voted for the card of the technical director of the Pharaohs, the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz.
The “badge” of the national team deprives Mohamed Salah of “The Best” points
The crisis that has been denied Mohamed Salah from obtaining a third of the votes of Egypt, in the leadership of the team; As the badge of leadership that the pharaoh recently obtained, deprived him of the leader’s points, especially since the award regulations from “FIFA” stipulate that no candidate may vote for himself on the voting paper that will be sent via e-mail, which means that the leader’s points were withheld from the Reds star.
FIFA regulations prevent “Fathi and Al-Sulayya” from voting for “Salah”
According to a source within the Football Association, the matter was presented to “FIFA”, for another player from the national team to vote instead of Mohamed Salah, whether it was Ahmed Fathi, the Pyramids defender, who carried the leadership badge of the Pharaohs in front of Gabon in the last match, before receiving it from him. The Liverpool star, or Amr Al-Sulayya, Al-Ahly player, who will be the captain of the national team in the Arab Cup.
The source confirmed: “The response was disappointing by rejecting this proposal, since Salah is registered in (FIFA) as the captain of the national team, when the list of Egypt’s national team was sent for the past international matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.”
Bad memory of Mohamed Salah before the “FIFA” Best Awards
This situation brought back a bad memory for “Salah” as well; In 2019, the Liverpool player faced a crisis related to voting for this award, especially since at this time, the Mexican Javier Aguirre, coach of the Egypt national team, was sacked, following an early exit from the African Nations Cup, as well as the resignation of the Football Association at the time.
What made matters worse was that the Egyptian journalist, who was in charge at the time, voted for the Senegalese Sadio Mane, the Liverpool player, as the first choice, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, the star of Juventus at the time, and then Salah, which did not lose “Mo” some points, and finally ranked fourth in this version, what This led to the anger of the pharaoh, who then deleted the description of the Egyptian national team player from his official account on the social networking site “Twitter”.
The captain’s badge brings back a bad memory for “Mo”
And in the 2020 edition of The Best AwardMohamed Salah scored a full 15 points, after Hossam Al-Badri, captain Abdullah Al-Saeed, and journalist Walid Al-Hadidi placed him in the first choice, and then Lewandowski won the title for the first time in his history, while the pharaoh was sixth in the final ranking.
In recent years, “Salah” was able to impose his name strongly and permanently on the list of candidates to win the award, due to his strong performance with the “Reds”, and his strong contribution to achieving many achievements, and winning many matches, whether locally or continental, and the player found himself competing The award for the fourth time in a row, along with 10 other stars of this year, to be announced at the award ceremony on January 17 next, hypothetically, from the headquarters of the International Federation of the Game in the Swiss city of Zurich.
All you need to know about the award “The Best”
The Best Award is awarded annually by FIFA, based on the vote of coaches, national team leaders, journalists and fans, which started on November 22, and ends on Friday, December 10, 2021.
Fans participate in the selection through a FIFA referendum on the official website with a percentage of 25%, equal to the percentage of vote by national team coaches, world team leaders, as well as a group of journalists from different countries, numbering more than 300, and all votes are collected in the proportions specified by FIFA. It is 25% for each category.
Within days, FIFA will reduce the list of candidates to 3 players, and according to the mechanism for choosing the best in the world, the player with the first choice in the nominations of coaches, national team leaders and journalists gets 5 points, while the other gets “3”, then the third (one point).
The shortlist of candidates includes: Mohamed Salah, French Karim Benzema, Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, Norwegian Erling Haaland, Italian Jorginho, French N’Golo Kante, Polish Robert Lewandowski, French Kylian Mbappe, Argentine Lionel Messi, and Brazilian Neymar da Silva.