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Mohamed Salah caps off sensational season with BBC African Footballer of the year 2018
- Updated: December 15, 2018
Liverpool paceman and goalscoring machine Mohamed Salah had a breath-taking debut season with the Kop in Premier League. And the Egyptian ‘Messi’ capped it off with yet another award, the BBC African Footballer of the year. It was nearly the perfect season for Mohamed Salah in individual terms, smashing a record 32 goals for Liverpool and winning the PFA Player of the Year 2018 award. Salah also went on to score two crucial goals for Egypt that sent the African nation into the 2018 FIFA World Cup after 28 years.
Salah beat current Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane, Juventus and Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia, Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Atletico Madrid’s Ghanian midfielder Thomas Party to win the prize. Mohamed Salah
“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” Salah told BBC Sport.
There have been many good moments in 2018. The game against Roma at Anfield [Champions League semi-final first leg] was unbelievable.
“I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That’s always a great feeling.”
Although Salah won quite a lot of accolades on a personal note, he couldn’t deliver any trophies for the club. Liverpool finished fourth in Premier League, 25 points behind champions Manchester City and lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the forgettable Champions League final.
“[I want to] win something with the club so everyone is excited. I try to push myself every day to help the team win something,” he added.
The BBC received more than 650,000 votes this year – a record for the award. Salah becomes the first player since Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha to win in consecutive years. Salah won the award in 2017 for impressive performances with AS Roma in the 2016-17 season. He scored 15 goals and made 11 others for the Serie A side in the 2016-17 campaign as Roma finished second in Italy’s top flight, their best league finish in seven years.
Salah’s 32 goal tally in 38 Premier League games was a PL record, taken away from joint top scorers Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer with 31 goals apiece.