Samuel Eto’o has taken a chunk of the credit for Mo Salah’s rise to the top.
The Liverpool striker has enjoyed an incredible 18 months at Anfield and last season just missed out on a Champions’ League winners’ medal.
His form could, through, actually be down to a former Everton striker according to the man himself.
Eto’o and Salah were Chelsea team-mates back in 2014 and the ex-Inter man revealed he helped pick the Egyptian up off the floor in his dark days at Stamford Bridge.
“I hope that Salah remembers the day we were together in Stamford Bridge dressing room after he’d had a poor performance,” he told the sports channel Al Kass.
“I asked him to be patient and told him ‘You are a good player and you will become a great player’.
“Salah has turned into that big player and will write his own story through persistence and strong desire.”
Eto’o now thinks his fellow African can go on to claim the ultimate individual prize.
“The whole thing depends on Salah himself, ” he added. “He has unbelievable skills and is currently performing at a top level that’s allowing him to compete for Ballon d’Or.”