Mohamed Salah v Neymar: head-to-head

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

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Mohamed Salah and Neymar will be under the spotlight when they come face to face in Liverpool's UEFA Champions League opener against Paris. How do they measure up?

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• Salah and Neymar have met once before, though neither player scored in the 1-1 group stage draw between Roma and Barcelona on 16 September 2015. Salah was absent for the return fixture, a 6-1 win for the hosts at the Camp Nou.

Salah's 2017/18 #UCL goals in 60 seconds
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©Getty Images

• 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

Time Mohamed Salah (pens)
Neymar (pens)
1-10 2 1 (1)
11-20 2 1
21-30 4 1
31-40 2 2 (1)
41-half-time 3 3 (1)
FIRST HALF 13 8
46-55 1 3 (2)
56-65 2 2
66-75 4 3
76-85 5 (2) 3 (1)
86-full-time 1 1
SECOND HALF 13 12
TOTAL 26 20

 
2017/18 UEFA Champions League tally

Name Minutes played Goals scored (pens)
Minutes
per goal
Mohamed Salah 930 10 93mins
Neymar 720 6 120mins

2018/19 domestic tally

Name League games
League goals (pens)
Cup games*
Cup goals* Total appearances
Total goals
Mohamed Salah 5 2 (0) 0 0 5 2
Neymar 4 4 (1) 1 0 5 4

*includes domestic super cup and league cup competitions

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

Name Appearances Goals scored Goals per game
Best #UCL tally
Mohamed Salah 28 13 0.46 10 (2017/18)
Neymar 47 27 0.57 10 (2014/15)

All-time UEFA club competition record*

Name Appearances Goals scored Goals per game
Mohamed Salah 66 22 0.33
Neymar 47 27 0.57

*UEFA club competition: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup, European/South American Cup

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