Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah is the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017.
He emerged the winner from a five-man shortlist that also featured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Victor Moses.
Cameroon’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winner Arnaud Djoum was part of the panel to discuss the nominees, as were Nigeria’s 1996 Olympic football champion Emanuel Amuneke and Jean Sseninde of Uganda’s national team and Crystal Palace ladies squad.
Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Aubameyang made the shortlist for the fifth consecutive year, while Liverpool’s Senegalese star Mane was nominated for a third time.
Mo Salah was King of the Pharaohs in 2017 – scoring a dramatic stoppage-time penalty against Congo to fire Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990 while also having a hand in four of the North Africans’ five goals as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.
He also performed at club level – scoring 15 goals and making 11 others as Roma finished Serie A runners-up behind Juventus before starting his Liverpool career in equally impressive fashion, with 12 goals from his first 17 games.
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