The 25-year-old topped a poll that saw a record number of votes cast after firing Egypt to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations and almost single-handedly taking Egypt to their first World Cup finals since 1990, scoring five and setting up their other two goals in qualifying.
Salah, the Premier Leagueâ€™s top scorer with 13 goals, also scored 10 times in all competitions for Serie A club Roma in 2017 before making the move to Merseyside. â€œI am very happy to win this award,â€ Salah told BBC Sport.
â€œItâ€™s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so Iâ€™m very happy.â€
Salah beat a star-studded cast of rivals to become the third Egyptian to win the award and first since Mohamed Aboutrika picked up the gong in 2008. Gabonâ€™s Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita â€” his future Liverpool team-mate currently at RB Leipzig â€” fellow Reds star Sadio Mane of Senegal and Chelseaâ€™s Nigerian winger Victor Moses lost out to the pacy attacker, nicknamed the â€œEgyptian Messiâ€.
â€œI want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,â€ added Salah, who helped with 15 goals helped Roma to their best ever points total of 87 as they finished second in Serie A last season. â€œI always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.â€
Salah joins African legends such as Ivorian duo Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure â€” the latter won it twice â€” as well as Liberian striker George Weah in winning the award.
Source: The Vanguard
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