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LONDON: Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time in a row.


The 26-year-old, the number one scorer of the Premier League last season with 44 goals in 52 games, beat Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey to the prize, local media reported Friday.

“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year,” said Salah.

Salah led the Reds to the Champions League final, where he suffered a leg injury in the first half. He recovered to play for his country’s first World Cup Finals in 28 years.

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