Micah Richards says Mohamed Salah is clearly the best wide forward ‘in the world’. The Liverpool star has certainly left an impression on his ex-teammate.

Micah Richards used his Daily Mail column to wax lyrical about Mohamed Salah on Friday. He knows a thing or two about the Egyptian, having played with him at Fiorentina.

Richards and Salah both joined La Viola on loan back in 2015, playing six months of football together. The Englishman says he had no idea at the time how his teammate didn’t thrive at Chelsea.

He says Salah would frequently do ‘Messi-like’ things and was clearly destined for the top. And now? Richards believes his former teammate has become the absolute best at what he does.

Richards on Salah

“I can’t see this any clearer: Mo is the best wide forward in the world,” writes Richards.

“He is absolutely outstanding, he’s enhanced the role that Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery made their own with a goal record that puts many of the top No 9s in Europe in the shade.”

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Honestly, Richards’ entire column is effectively a love letter to Salah. He quite clearly believes the 29-year-old is an absolute sensation.

And it’s hard to disagree – though, the ‘best in the world’ bit might depend on how Paris Saint-Germain organise their front-three this season.

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But Salah has certainly reached levels that didn’t look possible a few years ago. He’s an out-and-out winger but one who has an unbelievable knack for scoring goals.

Salah reached 100 Premier League goals last weekend and of players to have hit that mark, the Egyptian boasts the fourth-highest goals per game ratio. And unsurprisingly, every other player close to him is or was a striker.

Richards maybe didn’t see Salah quite reaching that level back in 2015 but the talent has always been there. Lucky Liverpool for being where he realised that potential.

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