Mohamed Salah has beaten off competition from the likes of Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses and Naby Keita to claim 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year prize.
The 25-year-old, who joined Liverpool from AS Roma at the beginning of the season, has enjoyed arguably the most successful year of his illustrious career, playing in the final of the African Cup of Nations and helping the Pharaohs to qualify for their first Fifa World Cup since 1990.
In the English Premier League, he leads the top scorer chat with 13 goals, and boasts of five goals in this season’s Champions League.
“I am very happy to win this award,” Salah told BBC Sport.
“It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.”
“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.”