Egypt’s Salah named footballer of the year by FWA

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 29 Apr 2022

Liverpool’s Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has been named the Men's Footballer of the Year for 2021/22 by the Football Writers' Association (FWA).

Liverpool s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah. AFP

The 29-year-old winger, who has already claimed eight trophies with the Reds, scored 22 goals and provided 13 assists in 31 appearances so far this season in the English Premier League.

The FWA Footballer of the Year is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football. The award has been presented since the 1947–48 season.

The winner is selected by a vote among members of the FWA, which comprises around 400 football journalists based throughout England.

It is the second time that Salah has claimed the award as he was also won the title in 2017/18 season.

The awards will be presented at an FWA dinner next Thursday.

With Salah on its side, Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League title in the 2018/19 season as well as the 2020 English Premier League title, which had eluded the team since 1981.

He has also become the second fastest Liverpool player to break the 150-goal mark, just behind Roger Hunt, who achieved that feat in 226 games.

The Liverpool star is the only Egyptian player ever to be nominated for Ballon d’Or award, which was established in 1956 to honour the year’s best player across the world. He was nominated for the award two times, finishing sixth in 2018, fifth in 2019 and seventh in 2021 last November.

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