After a sensational debut season at Liverpool, the UEFA announced on Monday that Mohamed Salah is among the final three nominees for Player of the Year, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric who led Croatia to the World Cup final.
The winner will be announced on 30 August at the 2018-2019 Champions League group stage draw in Monaco.
Mohamed Salah makes history as he is the first Egyptian and African player ever to be nominated for such an award, and the first Premier League player to make the final three since 2011.
The votes came from journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 associations and coaches of the teams that competed in last season’s Champions League and Europa League, considering international performances as well as club performances.
Mohamed Salah scored a record number of 44 goals for Liverpool last season, going on to receive the Premier League Golden Boot. He was also the first player to win three Premier League Player of the Month awards in the same season, adding to that other awards such as the PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writer’s Player of the Year.
Salah also helped Egypt qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the final of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, becoming the CAP African Footballer of the Year and the BBC African Footballer of the Year.
“I read and hear about him being a wonderful role model for Egypt, North Africa, for the wider Arabic world and for Muslims,” Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, stated about Salah.
“But he is a role model full stop. The only labels we should put on Mo is what a good person he is and what a fantastic footballer he is.”