Mohamed Salah is the winner of the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year.
The Egyptian national joined Liverpool for £39million from Roma and has been one of the team’s best performers this season.
Salah edged off competition from Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses and Naby Keita.
Mane came in second place while Aubameyang and Moses finished in third and fourth place respectively. Keita came in fifth.
Salah has scored 19 goals in 25 games for Liverpool, and six times in the Champions League.
He has also been instrumental in seeing the Egyptian National team make it to the final of the African Cup of Nations in Gabon as well as in qualifying for the World Cup for the third time in their history.
Very proud to have won this prestigious award for best African player, and joining the ranks of many great players who won it before me. pic.twitter.com/jgqrCHcLWl
— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) December 11, 2017
“I am very happy to win this award,” he said. “It’s always a special feeling when you win something. You feel like you did a great year, so I’m very happy. I would also like to win it next year!”
Salah also thanked his teammates at Liverpool and Roma as well as his country mates.
At Liverpool, Salah was named the club’s player of the month in August and September.
Salah is the third player from Egypt to win the award and first since 2008. He now joins other Africans like Abedi Pele, George Weah, Jay-Jay Okocha and Didier Drogba, to have won the revered prize.
Among the people who praised Salah on his win is Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp.
“It’s well-deserved,” he said as he handed the trophy Salah at the club’s Melwood training academy.
“I am a really lucky person. I had the opportunity to work with a few outstanding players and I am happy that it is now with Mo,” he added.