Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017

Lawrence Cooper
December 12, 2017

Salah won the highest vote in the popular referendum on the official website ahead of Gabon's Pierre Emeric Obamyang, Guinea's Nabi Keita, Senegal's Sadio Mane and Niger's Victor Moses.

The Egypt global, who has racked up a double figure goal tally since moving to the Premier League from Roma, was presented with his award by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at the club's Melwood training ground.

"I am very happy here at the club".

He becomes the first Egyptian to win the prize since Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008.

The 25-year-old winger had a blistering last season with Roma scoring 19 goals and registering 15 assists in all competitions.

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"When I started as a manager he was a kid and nobody could have imagined that we would work together. I feel like I had a great year, so I'm very happy".

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

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah chases the ball during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on August 12, 2017.

He also scored five goals in 11 appearances in 2017 for his country, including the pressure stoppage-time penalty that secured their World Cup berth for next summer - their first time in the finals since 1990.

"It is a big pleasure to work with him and the other guys together".

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