Liverpool's Mohamed Salah named African footballer of the year

Marsha Scott
December 13, 2017

Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian footballer who plays for Liverpool FC, has been crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017.

"I'm very happy to win this award, it's a special feeling for me", said the Egyptian.

Every year, Africa's best player is named based on fans' votes.

Mohamed Salah has been busy setting the Premier League alight ever since he made the move to Liverpool in the summer, and his impressive exploits have unsurprisingly started to turn the heads of some of Europe's top clubs.

Salah is Egypt's fifth top scorer in history with 31 global goals, surpassing Amr Zaki.

The 25-year-old has already scored 19 goals this season under Jürgen Klopp, equalling his Roma tally from 2016-17 in less than half a season, which translated to him finding the back of the net once every 98 minutes.

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Salah has been a massive player for Liverpool in Europe as well, scoring five goals and adding one assist as the Reds marched in to the last 16 of the Champions League where they'll face Portuguese giants FC Porto.

"I have to thank everyone, my team-mates, the people I work with.

I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way", Salah went on to tell the BBC.

Salah also helped Egypt to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

He's also now leading the Premier League in goals.

Salah scored the latest of his ever-growing haul in a red shirt in his first Merseyside derby, a stunning curled strike after evading two Everton defenders with strength and skill.

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