Fowler wrote for the Mirror: "I'm putting on the tin hat before suggesting this but Mo Salah surely deserves to be in the running for the Ballon d'Or.
"I'm not saying he's going to win it, in fact I'm pretty sure he won't the way the whole thing is structured.
"But I am saying – passionately - that it's time to look beyond the almost knee-jerk leaning towards Ronaldo or Messi.
"Don't get me wrong, they are two of the greatest players the game has ever seen.
"People get misty eyed over the pair of them, and quite rightly. They have both had good years, and with a World Cup, both have the chance for an outstanding one.
"Yet so far, Salah has matched them, no doubt."