Samuel Eto’o believes a pep talk he gave Mohamed Salah while the pair were at Chelsea has inspired a turnaround in the winger’s career.
The Egyptian has propelled himself as one of the best players in world football following his impressive displays for club and country.
The African pair had a six-month spell together in West London and the Cameroon star is taking credit for helping steer Salah’s career in the right direction.
Eto’o said: “I hope that Salah remembers the day we were together in Stamford Bridge dressing room after he’d had a poor performance,” he told Qatar’s Al Kass Sports Channel.
“I asked him to be patient and told him ‘You are a good player and you will become a great player’.
“Salah has turned into that big player and will write his own story through persistence and strong desire.
“The whole thing depends on Salah himself, he has unbelievable skills and is currently performing at a top level that’s allowing him to compete for Ballon d’Or.”