Mohamed Salah v Neymar: head-to-head

September 17, 2018

Two modern greats come face to face for the first time with their current clubs; puts them back to back.


Salah’s 2017/18 #UCL goals in 60 seconds

• Salah has scored in two of his five Premier League games this season, and in five of his eight matches for club and country since the UEFA Champions League final: six goals in total.

• In the same period, Neymar has played 14 games, and scored ten times (never more than a goal a game) including goals in each of his last six outings: four in Ligue 1 for Paris, followed by two (both penalties) in international friendlies for Brazil.

• The two players are the same age (26, though Neymar is older by 131 days) and the same height: 175cm.

Children debate the Neymar v Salah question

Children debate the Neymar v Salah question

• Neymar has scored twice in eight games against English clubs (two goals in 626 minutes of football), and was on the winning side in the first seven of those games – his streak ending in Barcelona’s 3-1 loss at Manchester City in the 2016/17 group stage.

• Salah’s only past encounters with French clubs came with Roma in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League round of 16 when his side lost 5-4 on aggregate against Lyon; he scored once in 180 minutes of football in that tie.

• This will not be Neymar’s first trip to Anfield this year; he scored as Brazil beat Croatia 2-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly in Liverpool on 3 June.

When Salah and Neymar have scored their 2018 goals for club and country

TimeMohamed Salah (pens)
Neymar (pens)
1-1021 (1)
31-4022 (1)
41-half-time33 (1)
46-5513 (2)
76-855 (2)3 (1)

2017/18 UEFA Champions League tally

NameMinutes playedGoals scored (pens)
per goal
Mohamed Salah9301093mins

2018/19 domestic tally

NameLeague games
League goals (pens)
Cup games*
Cup goals*Total appearances
Total goals
Mohamed Salah52 (0)0052
Neymar44 (1)1054

*includes domestic super cup and league cup competitions

All-time UEFA Champions League record (group stage to final)

NameAppearancesGoals scoredGoals per game
Best #UCL tally
Mohamed Salah28130.4610 (2017/18)
Neymar47270.5710 (2014/15)

All-time UEFA club competition record*

NameAppearancesGoals scoredGoals per game
Mohamed Salah66220.33



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