The Egyptian football star Mohamed Salah was voted African Football Player of the Year by BBC on Monday with a record number of votes.
The Liverpool superstar, considered the premier goalscorer, was praised by the football world after having spent an impressive year with the club and its national team.
Very proud to have won this prestigious award for best African player, and joining the ranks of many great players who won it before me. pic.twitter.com/jgqrCHcLWl
— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) December 11, 2017
°I am very happy to win this prize“, the 25-year-old told BBC Sport. „It’s always a special feeling to win something. I feel like I’ve had a great year behind me, so I’m very happy.“
The right-wing striker, who came from Rome for £34 million, took the Premier League by storm. The Egyptian scored 13 goals in 16 games.
With his late penalty goal for Egypt against the Congo in October, he secured the World Cup qualification for Egypt for the first time since 1990.
„I want to be the best Egyptian ever, so I work hard“, Salah told the BBC. „I always follow my own path, and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my path.“
Salah won the public vote against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Gabon, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane from Senegal and Victor Moses from Nigeria.
Last year’s winner was Riyad Mahrez, who plays for Leicester and Algeria. Previous winners include Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha, Didier Drogba from Côte d‘ Ivoire and Michael Essien from Ghana.