Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has emerged victorious at the just concluded BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017.
Other contenders shortlisted were his team-mate Sadio Mane, Chelsea’s Victor Moses, Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita.
Moses finished fourth and soon-to-be Liverpool player Keita came fifth.
Salah said, “I have always followed my way, and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.
“Since I left Egypt, in my mind, I want to be the best Egyptian ever.
“I work hard and try to be different from them.”
While Salah has made a name for himself at Liverpool since his summer move from Roma, his biggest achievement to date came for his country as the Egyptian scored a late strike against Congo in October to ensure his country qualified for their first World Cup in over a quarter of a century
Egypt — African champions a record seven times — had not reached a World Cup since 1990, but the 25-year-old scored from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time with the scores level at 1-1.