Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017


However the favourite could be the English Premier League's top-scorer, Mohamed Salah, who plays for Liverpool and the Egypt national team.

He also helped his country secure a ticket to the world after nearly 20 years of absence.

While Salah has made a name for himself at Liverpool since his summer move from Roma, his biggest achievement to date came for his country.

Keita, who is set to join Mane and Salah at Liverpool this summer and will replace Salah as Liverpool's most expensive player ever, finished fifth.

Other contenders were his team-mate Sadio Mane, Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Red Bull Leipzig's Naby Keita.

He also referred to the "very good season" he had in Italy with Roma before signing for Liverpool in a £36.7 million deal, with 19 goals and 15 assists across all competitions.

Last year's victor, Riyad Mahrez was not even shorlisted for the award this year. I had the opportunity to work with a few outstanding players and I am happy that it is now with Mo.

He added, "I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard".

"I have always followed my way, and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way".

"The good thing is that he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement, a lot of potential still that we can work on, but that's how it should be".

Salah is the third Egyptian footballer to be named best African player of the year, after Mohamed Barakat and Mohamed Abu Treika in 2005 and 2008 respectively.