Jose Mourinho has said Liverpool winger, Mohamed Salah, must win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations if he wants to land the Ballon d'Or prize this year.
Salah has been an important part of Jurgen Klopp's team over the last two seasons, taking home the Premier League Golden Boot twice while winning the EPL Player of the Year award in 2017-18.
However, he has yet to crack the mix for the Ballon d'Or, an award won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi every season since 2008 until Lukas Modric ended the run in 2018.
Mourinho believes the two-time African Player of the Year has the talent of those two giants of the game but thinks he must win the 2019 AFCON to be considered as for the individual gong.
"Salah has to win the African Cup of Nations if he wants to compete for the Ballon d'Or.
"The tournament is taking place in Egypt, which makes it a demand that has to be achieved,"Mourinho told beIN Sports.