Mohammed Salah beats Partey, others to BBC African Footballer of the year award

The Egyptian attacker has been crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year award

Salah beats Partey, others to BBC African Footballer gong

The 26-year-old beats off competition from Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey, the Senegalese duo of Sadio Mane of Senegand Kalidou Koulibalyal and Mehdi Benatia of Morocco.

The Premier League's player of the year scored 44 goals in 52 games for Liverpool last season.

"It's a great feeling to win again. I'm happy and I would like to win it also next year!" said Salah.

As well as inspiring his club to the Champions League final, Salah scored twice for Egypt at this year's World Cup, having netted both goals in the match which took his country to the tournament for the first time since 1990.

"There have been many good moments in 2018," he added. "The game against Roma at Anfield [Champions League semi-final first leg] was unbelievable. I'm scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That's always a great feeling."

Salah said his aim for 2019 is "to win something with the club so everyone is excited".

"I try to push myself every day to help the team win something," he added.

The BBC received more than 650,000 votes this year - a record for the award.

Salah becomes the first player since Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha to win in consecutive years.