Mohamed Salah was on Sunday named the Premier League’s Players’ Player of the Year after an incredible 41-goal debut season at Liverpool.
The sparkling Egyptian forward beat out strong competition from Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne to claim the top prize in English football.
It’s a big honour. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,” Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday evening.
Salah, 25, matched a Premier League record tally for a single season by scoring his 31st league goal of the campaign in a 2-2 draw at West Brom on Saturday.
And with three games left to play this season, the former Chelsea star could surpass the feat set by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.
“You’re comparing your name with some great names,” he said, on the prospect of breaking the record.
“To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world.
“There are still three games to go. I want to break this record.”
Salah has also netted seven times in eight Champions League games, including in both legs of Liverpool’s 5-1 quarterfinal thrashing of City, to carry his side to a first semifinal for a decade where they take on AS Roma.
The PFA prize adds to a long list of awards for Salah on a memorable debut campaign that’s seen him win the African Player of the Year, BBC African Player Prize and numerous Player of the Month awards.
City did pick up a prize from the PFA gala in central London on Sunday, though, as Leroy Sane won the Young Player of the Year.