Mohamed Salah has won BBC’s African Footballer of the Year for 2017 award after impressing in the Premier League for Liverpool and leading Egypt to the World Cup for the third time in their history
The 25-year-old forward beat Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Nigeria’s Victor Moses to be named the continent’s greatest player by the British broadcasting organisation.
Salah completed a club-record £36.9million move to Anfield in the summer, and has had a sensational season, scoring 19 goals in his opening 24 appearances.
Asked about his win, Salah said: ‘I am very happy to win this award. ‘It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.’
Salah, the current top goalscorer in the Premier League, was at the heart of an Egypt side which finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations back in February and qualified for the World Cup for the third time in their history. He added: ‘I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard.
Final outcome of the vote
1. Mohamed Salah
2. Sadio Mane
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
4. Victor Moses
5. Naby Keita