Germany legend Lothar Matthaus believes Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho should be ahead of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in the race to win this year's Ballon d'Or.

Salah has been in extraordinary form for the Reds at the start of the 2021-22 season, with his hat-trick on Sunday in the 5-0 demolition of Manchester United taking him to 15 goals for the season in all competitions, with 10 of those coming in the Premier League.

At the moment, it's hard to argue against the fact that Salah is the best player on the planet, as he's netted for 10 games in succession in all competitions for the Reds.

Salah has been nominated for this year's Ballon d'Or prize, although he is not expected to win the award as things stand.

Lionel Messi steered Argentina to Copa America glory and is the favourite for many, while Robert Lewandowski broke Gerd Muller's 49-year-old Bundesliga goal-scoring record on his way to the title with Bayern Munich.

As a former Bayern player, Matthaus said he would like to see Lewandowski win the accolade. However, he believes Jorginho also has a strong case.

"What Klopp’s superstar Salah has been delivering for a few months is of course absolutely world-class," he wrote for Sky (h/t HITC ).

"It is quite possible that this will help him a lot in his choice of world footballer. But that was not the case for the whole year.

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"In the spring, he and Liverpool had serious problems. Candidate Jorginho from Chelsea has been convincing for almost the entire last season and played a key role in winning the Champions League and the European Championship with Italy.

"He’s not as spectacular as Lewandowski, whom I personally keep my fingers crossed for the most. This time, however, he lacks the international title. Messi won the Copa America with Argentina, but achieved nothing great with Barcelona.

"There are no top favourites."

The winner of the 2021 Ballon d'Or will be named on November 29 at a ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.