Egyptian footballer and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has been named the BBC African player of the year for 2017.
“I am very happy to win this award,” Salah told BBC Sport.
The 25-year-old player added that winning something is always a special feeling, “I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.”
Every year, Africa’s best player is named based on fans’ votes.
Salah is the third Egyptian footballer to be named best African player of the year, after Mohamed Barakat and Mohamed Abu Treika in 2005 and 2008 respectively.
Salah is Egypt’s fifth top scorer in history with 31 international goals, surpassing Amr Zaki. He is also the Premier League’s top scorer with a total of 13 goals.
Additionally, Salah was named Champions League player of the week in September.
“I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard. I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way,” Salah went on to tell the BBC.
Earlier in June, Liverpool FC officially announced that it completed a £39 million, five-year signing of the Egyptian winger.
Prior to joining Liverpool, Salah spent two seasons in Roma where he scored 29 goals in 65 Serie A appearances.