Ex-Ireland striker claims Salah and Ronaldo have one thing in common. Mo will hardly be happy with that comparison
Former Ireland, Celtic and Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino joins those who accuse Mohamed Salah of diving and claims the Egyptian must have taken tips from Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Mohamed Salah is an excellent player whom I love to watch," Cascarino wrote in his column for The Times. "Last season I not only admired his skill and goals but also what a hardworking and honest professional he seemed to be.
"This season he seems to be a different player — the goals and quality are still there but he has crossed the line when it comes to his diving. There have been a few contentious incidents with Salah winning penalties this season but on Saturday, in Liverpool’s win against Palace, he blatantly dived in the penalty area.
"It seems as though there is an added ruthlessness in his game, which is why he is crossing into doing whatever it takes to win games.
"Perhaps it stems from the pressure that Liverpool players potentially feel in terms of winning a trophy this season and if so, Salah certainly won’t be the first star name willing to cheat to gain an advantage. Cristiano Ronaldo’s willingness to go to ground easily in the area only increased as his career progressed.
"I’m sure Liverpool fans won’t care but it does leave a sour taste. There are not many people in sporting history who were greats of their games but also put the sport before everything. Sir Bobby Charlton was one, Jack Nicklaus in golf is another who comes to mind. Football is such big business and so high pressured that winning really is all.
"Another thing that the Salah dive highlights is a need for a rethink on retrospective punishment. Just because he didn’t successfully con the referee, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be punished for trying to."