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

Tricia Pearson
December 12, 2017

He then joined Liverpool with where he scored 13 goals in the first 16 Premier League games of England, becoming highest goals scorer.

He also helped Egypt reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, winning a place in the team of the tournament, but ultimately they lost to Cameroon to finish as runners-up.

"It's always a special feeling when you win something", Salah told BBC Sport, following the announcement by television presenter Mimi Fawaz.

While Salah has made a name for himself at Liverpool since his summer move from Roma, his biggest achievement to date came for his country.

Salah and Liverpool will play West Brom at 9am Thursday in the English Premier League.

The 25-year-old expressed his thanks to "everybody" including his team-mates, adding: "I am very happy here at the club [Liverpool]".

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The in-form striker defeated the likes of Super Eagles star, Victor Moses, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinea's Naby Keita, and Sadio Mane of Senegal to win the award.

"When I started as a manager he was a kid and nobody could have imagined that we would work together".

"Last season I had a very good season with Roma, so I need to thank my teammates [there] and also my teammates in the national team".

"I work hard and try to be different from them".

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

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