Praise for Mohamed Salah on winning BBC African Footballer of the Year

By Tarek TalaatBBC Sport, Egypt
Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah becomes the third Egyptian to win the BBC award

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been praised by his peers and former stars on being crowned the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year.

The 25-year-old clinched the award in a public vote ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses and Naby Keita.

His international teammate Omar Gaber was among those to praise Salah on social media.

"Congratulations well-deserved 'Picasso'." Gaber wrote.external-link

Mahmoud Hasan 'Trezeguet' was another Pharaoh to react:external-link "Congratulations my bro, best player in Africa."

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny also had his say:external-link "Best African player, proud of you bro."

Diaa Elsayedexternal-link a former Egypt youth team coach was one of those who had an early influence on the forward: "Congratulations Salah, God Bless you."

Salah took time to reply to Elsayed: "Allah, bless you captain,"

Another person to have followed Salah's career from an early age is former Egypt star and 2008 BBC African Footballer of the Year, Mohamed Aboutrika:external-link "Congratulations, you made us proud, the best is yet to come."

Former Egypt striker Midoexternal-link is predicting more awards for Salah: "Congratulations Salah on winning BBC prize and hope you can win Caf player of the year."

Algeria's Adlene Guediouraexternal-link was another North African star to offer his best wishes: "Congrats brother, very well deserved."

Salah's award also claimed the headlines across the sports pages of newspapers and websites across Egypt.

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