Mo Salah is no doubt an Egyptian King when it comes to football. With 41 goals to his credit in 46 games, and 11 assists, it comes as no surprise that he won the Players’ Player of the Year award.
Salah, who plays forward position, had a spectacular debut with Liverpool. Major competitors for the award included Manchester City’s trio of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sane, Manchester United’s David de Gea and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.
Salah said, “My personal thing is to win something with the team. I always think about the team, I don’t think about myself, so the most important thing for me is to win something with the team.”
“Truly honoured by this prize which was awarded to me by colleagues – very special day,” Salah wrote on Twitter.
"It's a big honour, I feel great about it. I work very hard so am very happy to win it." Mo Salah on his PFA Players’ Player of the Year award #PFAAwards
Geplaatst door PFA op zondag 22 april 2018
The Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA) is the world’s longest established professional sportsperson’s union. Salah was recognized by PFA members from the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs in London.
Jürgen Norbert Klopp, Liverpool’s manager said “I think this award, you are voted for from all the other players in all the leagues in England, is an unbelievable honour so you can be really proud and your family can be really proud.”
Truly honoured by this prize which was awarded to me by colleagues – very special day😍😍 pic.twitter.com/7mrFN0lHsP
— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) April 23, 2018
When asked what helped him find his sensational level of performance, he gave credit to his team: “I think the team. The team helped me a lot, the way we play, they help me, they pass me the ball a lot. So the team help me a lot, honestly, to perform and be in that shape.”
Other Liverpool players that have received the PFA award include Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, John Barnes, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalgish and Terry McDermott.
Last year, Salah won the BBC African Footballer of the Year. He is currently being placed at the top percentile of elite footballers including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Salah follows the footsteps of Leicester City’s sensational winger, Algerian Riyad Mahrez who won the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year in 2015-16 season, a remarkable and unprecedented feat by an African player. Mahrez became the first African to win the award.