Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been named as the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for the 2017-18 season, at an award ceremony at Grosvenor House in London on Sunday evening.
The Egyptian football star and Liverpool winger beat off competition from Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane and David de Gea and Harry Kane from the six-man shortlist of nominees, to take the title.
It’s a big honour,” Salah said. “I don’t think about myself. The most important thing is to win something with the team and we’re very close now with the semi-final. Hopefully we’re going to win.
“The team has helped me a lot because of the way we play. They pass me the ball a lot and always try to find me.”
The 25-year-old has produced one of the best individual seasons the Premier League has ever seen, scoring 31 goals in 33 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since signing to the club back in June 2017.
He became the fifth player in the division’s history to reach 31 goals in a single campaign. joining Alan Shearer, Andy Cole, Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez who was the team’s last player to win the award in 2014. Salah also became the the first Egyptian to win the award.
In 2017 the Egyptian player was voted BBC African Best Footballer of the Year, after the forward was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Former West Brom and Coventry striker Cyrille Regis’ contribution to the game was recognised with a posthumous Merit award from the PFA.
Regis died of a heart attack in January aged 59 and his death prompted an avalanche of tributes.His goal-scoring prowess earned him five England caps and was a role model and mentor for black players.