Mohamed Salah, Egyptian and Liverpool forward has been crowned Player of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) to complete the double of English soccer’s major individual awards.
The Professional Footballers Association (PFA), crowned Salah player of the year after an outstanding season in which he has scored 43 goals in all competitions.
The 25-year-old is the first African player to win the FWA award which began in 1948.
Salah narrowly won the award with a 20 votes ahead of Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in a ballot of over 400 FWA members,
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was placed third.
“What a race it has been between two players who, in a relatively short time, have reached genuine world class. But Mo Salah is the worthiest of winners.
“He is also the first African to receive the award and we congratulate him on a magnificent season,’’ FWA Chairman Patrick Barclay said.
Salah was instrumental to getting Liverpool lay hold of the Third place in the English Premier League and also getting the team into the Semi Finals for the first time in 11 years.
The Merseyside club face AS Roma in the second leg in the Italian capital on Wednesday and lead 5-2 from the opening game at Anfield in which Salah scored twice and set up two other goals.
Salah would also spearhead the Egypt team to the world cup in Russian and drawn with the hosts, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay in Group A.