Salah and Ronaldo to battle it out for supremacy in friendly

The world’s gaze will turn its attentions to Zurich on Friday which will pit two of football’s most in-form duos against one another in the latest round of international fixtures; Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Whilst the match-up between Portugal – the first group stage opponent for La Roja in the World Cup – and Egypt – possible round of 16 adversaries – is significant from Spain’s perspective, the upcoming friendly, is, in many ways, an intriguing battle for individual supremacy.

Indeed, the Liverpool forward has been in inspired form of late; the 25-year-old has scored 18 goals in his previous nine matches in the Premier League so far this season, culminating in a quartet of goals in the Red’s 4-0 demolition job over Watford.

With his tally now up to 28 in the league, Salah is one goal away from equalling the record haul of Didier Drogba as Africa’s highest goalscorer in the competition whilst he is two away from joining the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Andy Cole and Alan Shearer in the exclusive 30-goal club.

Meanwhile, a resurgence of form of late from Cristiano Ronaldo sees him contesting for the golden boot with 24 goals in LaLiga, most recently securing hattrick number 50, that is, in spite claims that he is in decline.

The fans want to see Salah playing against Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Héctor Cúper, the coach of the Pharaohs. “We are going to face one of the best players there is, we have a plan to stop him that I will not reveal, but we have studied him closely.”

Koka, Salah’s teammate, added: “He’s the best in the world, you have to be very careful, he’s a spectacular player, capable of going around any match.”

As such, Friday’s exhibition match, whilst a friendly, will be used as an indicator of Salah’s abilities.

The Egyptian sensation, who has been likened to Lionel Messi, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer, and will hope to use the friendly to showcase his ability.

“They have confirmed to me that Madrid wants to sign him,” Cuper continued. “That Salah has quality to play in the white jersey is unquestionable.”