The 25-year-old, who has scored 17 Premier League goals this season, helped Egypt reach the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations final in 2017. He finished ahead of Liverpool team-mate and Senegal winger Sadio Mane.
Salah, who was voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year in December, has enjoyed a stellar year for both club and country. In early 2017, the forward was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.
He also had a hand in all seven of the goals that took the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990 – assisting two and scoring five, including the stoppage-time penalty against Congo that saw them qualify them for Russia. Salah’s form at club level has been every bit as impressive as it has in internationals.