Mohamed Salah wins Football Writers' Footballer of the Year award

Mohammed Salah

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But this Liverpool side are so out of control and so off the cuff and so Mo Salah inspired that it's very, very hard to see three goals being enough for the Italians this time around. He will be presented with the trophy at an event in London on May 10. "He is also the first African to receive the award and we congratulate him on a magnificent season", FWA Chairman Patrick Barclay said.

This season, the Egyptian King has scored 43 goals in 48 appearances, and registered 12 assists, exceeding all expectations of supporters.

Salah, who plays for Egypt and is expected to sizzle for the African giants at the World Cup this summer, is furious that his image features prominently on the outside of the national team's plane, which was provided by official sponsor WE. But Mo Salah is the worthiest of winners.

Other players to receive votes from FWA members were Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Nick Pope (Burnley), David Silva (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) and Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).

Salah is the second Arab player to qualify to the UEFA Champions League Final after Algerian forward Rabah Madjer played the final with FC Porto against the German champions, Bayern Munich, in 1987.

The ex-Chelsea and Basel winger netted twice in the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final tie with his former club Roma at Anfield last week.

The 25-year-old, who will represent his country at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, netted a brace in the first leg which finished 5-2 to Jurgen Klopp's side.

But one journalist's question raised some eyebrows.

He also looks set to win the Golden Boot award to cap a stunning campaign on Merseyside.

He leads the scoring chart on 31, four more than nearest rival Harry Kane.

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