Mo Salah building bridges for young Arab footballers

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"Not really. It's completely different", Ronaldo said when asked whether he and Salah had much in common as converted wingers who score in torrents.

The status of each is such that the annual prize for the world's best player generates ever fiercer debate.

Otherwise, Saturday's final feels like it will decide the Ballon d'Or winner-Ronaldo if Real triumph, Salah if Liverpool do.

Chairman Galib Khan said: "Mo has brought together children of all faiths and groups and colour and we are all proud of him".

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Like many other Muslims, Salah has been abstaining from eating and drinking during daylight hours as part of Ramadan, which started on May 16. "That's why he's the best", warned Real coach Zinedine Zidane this week. "The more you criticise him, be careful".

Overall, he has scored a remarkable 44 in all competitions since his arrival at Anfield from Roma, including 11 in Liverpool's memorable run to the Champions League final.

In one season with Liverpool, Salah has seemingly won all of the trophies: PFA Player of the Year, FWA Player of the Year, CAF African Footballer of the Year, Arab Footballer of the Year, Liverpool Player of the Season, Premier League Golden Boot victor, and many, many more.

"The whole world is looking for a new Ballon d'Or victor".

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When it comes to the World Cup, which Ronaldo won with Brazil in 2002, he believes that it will be Spain who pose the biggest threat to his country getting their hands back on the trophy. Do they deserve it?

"As a goalkeeper it's easier to listen to some of the things the fans say, especially when the ball is not near, so I usually hear racist remarks from the other side, but I don't let it get to me", Aldroubi said.

Defender Dejan Lovren was a little more optimistic.

Hafed Al Droubi is a goalkeeper who plays for Chesham United on loan from the National League club Sutton United. "He has the quality, the world-class experience already".

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