Comparing Mo Salah’s PL record to Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry
Mohamed Salah has been incredible for Liverpool but how does his Premier League record compare to some of the all-time greats?
The 27-year-old has maintained a prolific strike rate in England, picking up the Premier League Golden Boot award in his first two seasons at Anfield
Therefore, we’ve compared Salah’s first two-and-a-half years at Liverpool to Thierry Henry’s form at the same age. Also, as Cristiano Ronaldo was only 24 when he left United we’ve looked at his last three years in England.
Salah has been a revelation since returning to the Premier League with Liverpool in 2017, and looks set to win his first league title at the end of this season.
The Egyptian has made 96 appearances in the league so far, scoring 68 goals and registering 24 assists for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
That’s a goal every 118.7 minutes and an assist every 336.2 minutes – equating to a goal or assist every 87.7 minutes.
Also, only seven of those 68 goals were penalties, so he averages a non penalty goal every 132.3 minutes.
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In comparison, Henry developed into one of the best strikers in the world between 2002-03 and 2004-05 as Arsenal won one league title.
The forward made 106 league appearances for the Gunners in those three years, scoring 79 goals while setting up another 40 for his teammates.
Henry found the back of the net at a rate of a goal every 119.6 minutes, provided an assist every 236.3 minutes and got one or the other every 79.4 minutes.
Remarkably, he didn’t score a penalty during those three seasons so all of his goals between 2002 and 2005 came from open play.
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Ronaldo was starting to hit his stride by the start of 2006-07 and went on to win three successive league titles before signing for Real Madrid in 2009.
The 35-year-old made 101 league appearances for United in that period, scoring 66 goals and also registering 20 assists.
Ronaldo averaged a goal every 125.4 minutes and an assist every 413.9 minutes between 2006 and 2009, so he had a direct goal contribution every 96.2 minutes.
However, he did score more penalties than Salah and Henry, with 11 of his goals coming from the spot. That equates to a non penalty goal every 150.5 minutes.