Egyptian football star and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has been awarded the African Player of the Year price after achieving success after success during 2017 with Egypt’s national team and the Reds.
Salah secured the price ahead of his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mané of Senegal and the Borussia Dortmund and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“It is an honor to be nominated and to be between these two great players tonight. Winning this award is a dream come true. 2017 was an unbelievable year for me. I had unbelievable moments leading Egypt to the World Cup for the first time [in] 28 years. I had wonderful moments at Roma and Liverpool,” Salah remarked after receiving the award.
“I want to thank my family and all my teammates who supported me. I want to dedicate this award to all the kids in Africa and Egypt and tell them never stop dreaming and never stop believing,” he went on.
Salah received the price at an award ceremony held at the Confederation of African Football in Accra, Ghana.
The Liverpool striker has had a stunning year as part of the Egyptian team which made it to the Africa Cup of Nations final in February. Salah then became joint top-scorer in the final round of qualifiers as Egypt reached the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
With Liverpool, he has scored as many as 17 goals in 21 league games and 23 in 29 in all competitions.
Salah, 25, was rewarded with the EA Sports Player of the Month Award for November, receiving the most combined votes from fans, Premier League captains and a panel of experts six other contenders for the award.
Prior to joining Liverpool, Salah spent two seasons in Roma where he scored 29 goals in 65 Serie A appearances.