Salah - footballer of the year in Africa

Mohamed Salah

Salah is the second Egyptian to win the award after Mahmoud Al Khatib in 1983.

RedBull Salzburg of Austria and Zambia forward Patson Daka, 19, won the young player award after enjoying a breakout season for loan club FC Liefering and country.

The Liverpool striker has had a stunning year as part of the Egyptian team which made it to the Africa Cup of Nations final in February.

Salah has had an awesome season with Liverpool, scoring 23 goals for his team, including 17 goals in the Premier League, to be the league's top goal scorer. "I had wonderful moments at Roma and Liverpool", Salah remarked after receiving the award. I would like to dedicate it to all the kids in Africa and Egypt. "I want to tell them never to stop believing and dreaming".

Victory on Thursday completed an awards hat-trick for Salah, who was named BBC African Footballer of the Year in December and Arab Player of the Year earlier this week. His curve in the box is spot on accurate and facing under-pressure situations has become a habit.

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Aubameyang was Bundesliga top scorer with 31 goals last season, holding off Bayern Munich and Poland ace Robert Lewandowski.

During his time at Chelsea, the Egyptian was placed on the bench by then manager Jose Mourinho on a number of occasions till he was sent to Florentina on loan. He has been impressive, scoring 23 goals in 29 matches across all competitions.

The Anfield faithful have come up with an infectious chant for the 25-year-old to the tune of folk rock band America's "Horse With No Name" and, in an online video that went viral, they have taken to serenading his lookalike.

The Egyptian global is second in the league goal-scorer charts behind Tottenham hitman Harry Kane who took his total to 18 and 24 in all competitions with 8 goals last month.

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