• Liverpool star is in contention to be in the final poll • Napoli’s Diego Maradona is the winner of Paddy Power’s poll
Mo Salah is also a contender to be in the final poll to determine who is the most underrated player in Premier League history.
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Paddy Power has named one Football Manager No1 favourite every year and since 2010 it has crowned one of the best living players (Mo for the past three years) as the one who should be a frontrunner to add to the honour list.
That would make Mo Salah the first Egyptian to be included on the top 10. This season, the 26-year-old has scored 29 goals and is widely regarded as one of the league’s finest strikers.
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“Premier League fans have voted and it’s all down to a real battle between Mo Salah and Diego Maradona,” said Paddy Power’s Alan Whicker. “For the second year running the former Napoli midfielder has made our list, but Maradona is making a charge for glory. On the face of it, he has been the star performer this season but it’s amazing how his performance at the 1990 World Cup has played such a big part in his growing reputation.”
After a well-documented tantrum when his Copa America chances were ended by Diego Simeone’s Argentina, Maradona has won two World Cups and was instrumental in Napoli’s Serie A title success in 1990.
He won five Ballon d’Or awards for player of the year between 1986 and 1990 and scored five goals at the 1990 World Cup and one at the 1990 European Championship. He is currently serving a prison sentence for attempting to sell stolen family jewels.
Maradona has finished ahead of Salah in the last two years. His surprise inclusion prompted fans to go into Twitter riot mode, with people sharing video clips of him scoring past Gianluca Zambrotta at the 1994 World Cup. Maradona also launched an attack on his former Napoli boss Laurent Blanc after losing the Champions League final to AC Milan, which he was not at all happy about.
Whicker added: “If the result of this poll goes to Mo Salah, I reckon he’s going to be fizzing with a confidence. Not only can he lay claim to being the most underrated player in Premier League history, he’s about to start on tour with the Egyptian national team which will see him put his Moestyyle to the test.”