Mohamed Salah has defended his crown against the likes of his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Napoli‘s solid rock defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The Egyptian Messi has won the voting for the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award for the second time.
Salah beats off competition from the likes of Sadio Mane in an online vote of supporters, as well as Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) and Thomas Partey (Ghana).
The 26-year old frontman enjoyed one of the greatest debut seasons in Liverpool history, scoring 44 goals to help the club reach the Champions League final, and afterwards represented to his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” said Salah.
As well as inspiring his club to the Champions League final, Salah scored twice for Egypt at this year’s World Cup, having netted both goals in the match which took his country to the tournament for the first time since 1990.
“There have been many good moments in 2018,” he added.
“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.”
Salah said his aim for 2019 is “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.
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