Mo Salah’s brilliant season came to an end on a horrific note last campaign. Having led Liverpool to the Champions League final against Real Madrid, the Egyptian King was poised to lead them to victory as well.
However, things didn’t turn out well for the English side nor for Salah, as mistakes from goalkeeper Loris Karius ensured that the night ended 3-1 with Madrid making it three titles in a row.
Salah’s end was even more saddening, as the forward got into a brawl with Sergio Ramos and came out of it with a badly injured shoulder that cut his final short.
The domino effect of the injury was immense, as it ensured that he wasn’t in peak form to aid Egypt in their World Cup, and ended in them too crashing out of the group stages in underwhelming fashion.
As of such, when the two men met again during the UEFA Champions League draw, drama was bound to occur. Ramos was named UEFA’s defender of the year, and while returning to his seat after having received the award, the Madrid captain brushed the shoulder of Salah who was sitting in front of him.
Ramos wins defender of the year.
Rubs Salah's shoulder.
— Football Tips (@footballtips) August 30, 2018
The Liverpool attacker remained stony-faced during the short encounter and looked to be that way, giving a literal cold shoulder. This has been interpreted as an indication that Ramos hasn’t been forgiven for his actions.
This is controversial, as the brawl too was viewed with mixed opinions, some claiming that Ramos wasn’t entirely at fault for the injury, while others still remaining adamant that the attack could have been avoided and was an intentional sign of malice that ought to have ended in a red card.
Regardless, at least for the group stages, the two giants do not meet, as Real Madrid’s group consists of a relatively easier draw against Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen, while Liverpool face a daunting task against Napoli, PSG and Crvena Zvezda.
But when will the two players lock horns again?