Didier Drogba responded to a photo of him with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané on Twitter, writing, “The new KINGS on the block.” Salah’s spectacular hat-trick at Old Trafford moved him beyond Drogba to become the Premier League’s highest-scoring African player, and his former Chelsea teammate retweeted a cartoon in which he places a crown on the Egypt forward’s head less than 24 hours later.
With Liverpool ahead 2-0 against a ragged Manchester United on Sunday and Salah matched with Drogba for the most goals with 104, it seemed inevitable that the big moment for the star from Nagrig in the Nile Delta would arrive. Salah made it 106 seven minutes later before completing the rout by becoming the first visiting player to score a hat-trick at Old Trafford since Real Madrid’s Ronaldo in 2003, and the first in the Premier League, with an assist from Guinea’s Naby Keta.
Salah’s accomplishments are put into perspective when compared to the African players he has outperformed. While Drogba’s debut versus United was his 167th in the league, he scored 254 goals for Chelsea during two periods, winning the Golden Boot twice. Mané, who joined Liverpool a year before Salah in 2016 and recently scored his 100th goal against Watford, is next on the list with 237 appearances, while Emmanuel Adebayor and Yakubu round out the top five with identical ratios.
Source : guardian sport