Watford boss Javi Gracia got to witness Mo Salah at his ludicrous best on Saturday…
The Egyptian tore the Hornets to shreds, scoring four goals and registering an assist in arguably the best performance by any player this season in the Premier League.
Naturally, comparisons to the greatest player ever born, Lionel Messi, surfaced, especially as two of Salah’s goals were entirely reminiscent of Barcelona’s Argentinian.
Gracia is primed to comment on both, having faced Messi on multiple occasions during his stints at La Liga clubs Almeria, Osasuna and Malaga.
“They are both incredible players, they were both unstoppable,” Gracia said, cited in the Star.
“Honestly, both are fantastic, and now Salah is in a very good moment, one of the best in Europe.
“For me, Salah is not the same as Messi – at the same level in this moment, yes, and you have the same shape to play against the similar formations of the two teams – but you don’t prepare the same to play against both players, it is different.
“They are different types of forwards, but both are equally dangerous.
“It is very difficult to play against them, because they can both score in any moment.
“They have so many qualities, they can do it in a single moment.
“You can do everything right in your defence, and in one moment you are lost.”
Salah did make fools of Watford’s defenders in fairness, especially poor Miguel Britos, who was left in a pile on the floor on two occasions by our no.11’s dazzling feet.
But Messi has been doing so for over a decade now, so his longevity and trophy haul sets him apart.
This term though, Salah’s notched 36 goals – a quite obscene return – and one more than Messi on 35!
Perhaps we’ll get to see them up against each other in the Champions League…?