Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has been voted the winner of the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award 2017.
It is the first time that Salah has been shortlisted for the award with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp joining BBC presenter Mimi Fawaz at the club's Melwood training ground to present the coveted trophy as part of 'Focus on Africa' on BBC World Service. Fans voted in record numbers to name Salah the winner from a five-man shortlist, with the current Premier League top-scorer selected in front of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean and future Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, current Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses.
“I am very happy to win this award," said Salah. "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 was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations and is enjoying a hot streak of form, having already scored 13 goals so far in the Premier League. “I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” added Salah, who has become the third Egyptian to win the award, and first since 2008.