Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool has been named the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017.
He beat Nigeria’s Victor Moses, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Sadio Mane (Senegal and Naby Keita (Guinea).
The forward is also in the running for the CAF African Footballer of the Year Award, the winner who will be announced on January 4 in Accra, Ghana.
“I am very happy to win this award,” the 25-year-old told BBC Sport.
“It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.”
Salah, the Premier League’s top scorer with 13 goals, has enjoyed a stellar year for both club and country.
In early 2017, the forward was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.
He also had a hand in all seven of the goals that took the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990 – assisting two and scoring five, including a last-gasp penalty against Congo that qualified them for Russia.
“I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” added Salah, who is the third player from Egypt to win the award and first since 2008.
“I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.”