The The Egyptian footballer Mohammed Salah, has been named the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year.
Salah becomes the first African ever to win the award, and will be presented with the trophy at an event in London on May 10.
The Egyptian is the first African winner of the award, in what FWA Chairman, Patrick Barclay, described as “the toughest call since 1968-69”, when there was a dead heat between Tony Book of Manchester City and Derby’s Dave Mackay.
Barclay added: “Right up to the last week or so we thought it might happen again, so strong was the support for Kevin De Bruyne.
Late last month, the 25-year-old was named the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year after winning a poll of his peers.
Salah has scored 43 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions this season and spearheaded Liverpool’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.
He was also crowned the African Player of the Year earlier this season, beating Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.