Mohamed Salah makes history as he named FWA Footballer of the Year

Gabriel Jesus

Unsurprisingly, Salah and De Bruyne shared over 90% of the votes as the 400-plus FWA members overwhelmingly endorsed the two outstanding players of the Premier League season.

The Egyptian, 25, becomes the first African victor of the football's oldest individual award, which has been running since 1948.

In the wake of Salah's FWA triumph on Monday, Liverpool fan Andrew tweeted a table to show how the Reds would be faring in the Premier League if only goals scored or assisted by Salah counted - and it makes for grim reading for Everton fans.

He has spearheaded Jurgen Klopp´s team´s push towards a potential place in the Champions League final - the Reds lead Roma 5-2 ahead of Wednesday´s semi-final second leg in Italy.

Liberman, who is better known as a tennis enthusiast, followed up with a tweet saying "Liverpool is wonderful, but I still prefer the IDF".

"What a race it has been between two players who, in a relatively short time, have reached genuine world class". Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was placed third.

The Egyptian has notched 31 Premier League goals this season and needs just one more from the remaining two fixtures against Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion to overtake Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo, who also struck 31 times in a single season. He will be presented with the trophy at an event in London on May 10.

The 25-year-old is the first African player to win the FWA award which began in 1948. "He is also the first African to receive the award and we congratulate him on a magnificent season", FWA Chairman Patrick Barclay said.

Other players to receive votes from FWA members were Sergio Aguero, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Firmino, Nick Pope, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Jan Vertonghen.



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