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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah named African footballer of the year

12 December, 2017, 17:59 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Mohamed Salah has been voted the best footballer in Africa in the BBC's annual award
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The 25-year-old has already scored 19 goals this season under Jürgen Klopp, equalling his Roma tally from 2016-17 in less than half a season, which translated to him finding the back of the net once every 98 minutes.

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

The Reds signed Salah from Roma in the summer for €50million (€42m plus €8m in add-ons) and the Egypt star has so far been a sensation early in his Anfield career.

It was a one-two for Liverpool in the voting as Sadio Mane was the runner-up to Mane, while Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed the top three and Naby Keita, who will be joining Liverpool from Red Bull Leipzig next summer, was fifth.

"I am very happy here at the club".

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"I'd also like to win it next year", Salah joked upon receiving the award, following on from Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez's triumph last term with Yaya Touré of Manchester City the 2015 victor, claiming the gong for the second time.

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

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

With this achievement, Salah becomes the third Egyptian to wear this crown after Mohamed Barakat (2005) and Mohamed Aboutrika (2008).

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

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