Mohamed Salah named BBC African Player of the Year

Salah has 19 goals for Liverpool this season, equalling his total from last season in Italy.

Salah is the first Egyptian victor of the award since Mohamed Barakat won it in 2005 and the winger says he hopes to go down as the best player his country has ever had.

The 25-year-old Egyptian star topped a poll that saw a record number of votes cast after firing Egypt to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and nearly single-handedly taking Egypt to their first World Cup finals since 1990, scoring five and setting up their other two goals in qualifying. "I feel like I had a great year, so I'm very happy".

"I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard", Salah told BBC.

"It was a good month for me".

Additionally, Salah was named Champions League player of the week in September.

Roma, in fact, are entitled to receive a bonus of € 1.5 million as soon as Salah scores his 20 goal in the current campaign.

Real Madrid C.F. president Florentino Perez has shown huge interest in Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and hopes to lure him away from the Reds next summer, according to Spanish reports.

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp hailed Salah's win "a fantastic prize for a pretty good player" and insisted he is a "really lucky person" to have worked with "a few fantastic, outstandingly good players" and now Salah.

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

  • Rogelio Becker