Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017.
The Egypt international star fended off the likes of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Reds team mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses to the honour.
The 25-year-old, who has 56 international caps for his country, has scored a remarkable 19 goals and provided six assists in just 24 games in all competitions so far this season for the Premier League club.
Salah told BBC Sport, “I am very happy to win this award.
“It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.”
He added, “I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard.
“I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.
“I would like to thank my Liverpool team-mates and I also had a good season with Roma so I have to thank my team-mates there and my team-mates in the national team.
“Since I came here, I wanted to work hard and show everyone my football. I wanted to come back to the Premier League since I left, so I am very happy.”
The right winger arrived at Anfield back in June 2017 following his club-record move from Serie A outfit AS Roma.
Salah has been in exceptional form for his country, helping Egypt finish runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier in the calendar year, before having a hand in all seven of the goals that took the Pharaohs to their first FIFA World Cup since 1990 (scoring five, assisting two).