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Mohamed Salah Wins BBC African Footballer Of the Year 2017

12 December 2017, 06:01 | Sylvia Adams

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Mohamed Salah

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 his country secure a ticket to the world after nearly 20 years of absence.

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

Salah is only the second ever Liverpool player to win the award after El-Hadji Diouf, who won it more so for his performances at the 2002 World Cup with Senegal than a forgettable spell at Anfield.

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

The Liverpool ace beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Victor Moses to get his hands on the prize for the first time. I would also like to win it next year!

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

Salah is the third Egyptian footballer to be named best African player of the year, after Mohamed Barakat and Mohamed Abu Treika in 2005 and 2008 respectively.

Other previous winners of the award include: Yaya Touré (2015 & 2013), Yacine Brahimi (2014), Christopher Katongo (2012) and André Ayew (2011).

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

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

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

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