Liverpool's Mohamed Salah named African footballer of the year

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah named African footballer of the year

He becomes the first Egyptian to win the prize since Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008.

At worldwide level, Salah was the key protagonist as Egypt reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations where they were beaten by Cameroon.

The report added that Roma are also interested in signing the Spaniard, who hasn't been able to break into Real Madrid's first team in the last two years.

"I would like to win this award also next year", Salah told BBC Sport.

Aside from Moses, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinea's Naby Keita, and Sadio Mane of Senegal were the other beaten finalists for 2017. I've had a very good start here.

Roma, in fact, are entitled to receive a bonus of € 1.5 million as soon as Salah scores his 20 goal in the current campaign.

"I work hard and try to be different from them".

Salah said: "I have always followed my way, and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way".

Salah, 25 is also in the race for the African Player of the Year award to be awarded by the African Football Confederation (CAF) on January 4 in Accra, Ghana.

Salah has been a massive player for Liverpool in Europe as well, scoring five goals and adding one assist as the Reds marched in to the last 16 of the Champions League where they'll face Portuguese giants FC Porto.

"The good thing with him is he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement and still a lot of potential for us to work on, but that's how it should be", continued the German.