Salah named BBC African player of the year

File: Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is one of three players nominated for FIFA's player of the year award.

File: Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is one of three players nominated for FIFA's player of the year award.

Reuters

LONDON – Egypt star Mohamed Salah won the prestigious BBC African Player of the Year award on Monday, rewarded for a 2017 packed with sparkling displays for Liverpool, Roma and his national team.

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 League&39;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.

"I am very happy to win this award," Salah told BBC Sport.

"It&39;s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I&39;m very happy."

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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.

Gabon&39;s Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita -- his future Liverpool team-mate currently at RB Leipzig -- fellow Reds star Sadio Mane of Senegal and Chelsea&39;s Nigerian winger Victor Moses lost out to the pacy attacker, nicknamed the "Egyptian Messi".

"I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard," 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.

"I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way."

Salah joins African legends such as Ivorian duo Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure -- the latter won it twice -- as well as Liberian striker George Weah in winning the award.