Barcelona legend Xavi thinks there is only one winner right now in the battle between Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and Liverpool talisman Mo Salah and he is wearing light blue rather than red.
Speaking to the Mirror (18 September, Goals pull-out, page 5), the eight-time La Liga champion choose to look ahead to life after his former Camp Nou teammate Lionel Messi and the now 34-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, whose duopoly at the very top of the world game is coming to an end after sharing the Ballon D’Or during a decade of unprecedented dominance.
Sterling and Salah are just two players potentially capable of replacing Messi and Ronaldo as the most feared attacking force in world football. But, in the eyes of Xavi, City’s number seven is slightly ahead of the Egyptian King right now.
“You look at young players who can be crowned the future best in the world, and you think of Mo Salah and, of course, Raheem Sterling,” said the 2010 World Cup winner.
“I look at the moment – and Sterling is winning that race. He’s always been a good player, a dangerous player, but under Pep (Guardiola) he has become one of the best in the world.”
If you are looking at the statistics alone, Sterling has the edge on Salah right now.
A prolific forward who came so close to lifting the Premier League title with Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool in 2014 before moving to the Etihad for £49 million (BBC) has scored six in six for City so far this season, after netting 25 in all competitions in 2018/19.
Salah, meanwhile, has four in eight to his name.
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