Mohamed Salah, the incredible forward for Liverpool who’s been dubbed ‘The Egyptian King’, continues his meteoric rise to success by being named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year for 2017-18. And, personally, we couldn’t think of a better person to claim the title.
Not only did he pip the likes of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Spurs’ Harry Kane to the top spot, but he scored his 31st Premier League goal over the weekend (with 41 in all competitions) after netting one against West Brom. Not only is he the first Anfield star to receive the prestigious accolade since Luis Suarez grabbed it back in 2014, but he’s the third Muslim in a row to receive it.
As if this week couldn’t get any better for the 25-year-old Egyptian international, FIFA Ultimate Team created him a PFA Player of the Year special card to mark the achievement. It has 98 overall rating; 99 pace, 99 dribbling, 98 shooting, 95 pass, 92 physical and 65 defence. Mind blown – that’s a piece of history right there!
It’s been an insanely successful year for Salah, who told the press that it’s “a big honour” to be credited to this extent. However, he remains as humble as ever. “I don’t think about myself. The most important thing is to win something with the team and we’re very close now with the [Champions League] semi-final,” he told Sky Sports. He added: “It’s an honour and especially as it’s voted by the players. I am happy and proud.”
Truly honoured by this prize which was awarded to me by colleagues – very special day?? pic.twitter.com/7mrFN0lHsP
— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) April 23, 2018
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool boss, says that he was “happy to have the opportunity” of being Salah’s manager. “It’s been a fantastic ride, but we still have games to go,” he says. Referring to tonight’s first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final against Mo’s former team, Roma, he added: “But please grab the trophy and come home.”
Despite the recent triumphs, it hasn’t been a smooth ride for the Liverpool ace. He failed to impress at Chelsea (although he claims he “wasn’t given a fair chance”), he took some time away from the Premier League and came back with an almighty bang. He’s now one of the most prolific and in-demand footy players in the world – click here to learn more about his stellar comeback.
Featured image credit: Mohamed Salah via Twitter