New Delhi: Mohamed Salah, the star striker of Egypt and Liverpool, has been named 2017 CAF African Player of the Year. Also Read - Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Vinicius Junior Strikes Twice as Los Blancos Win 3-1 in Champions League Quarterfinal

The 25-year-old has scored 23 goals in 29 fixtures for the English football giants since joining the club from A.S. Roma. He also helped his national team finish second at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations — scoring goals against Ghana and Burkina Faso. Also Read - Sergio Ramos Injury Update: Will Real Madrid Star Miss Crucial Fixtures Against Barcelona, Liverpool?

He also scored a brace to lead his country to 2-1 win over Congo in World Cup qualifying, the second goal was a 94th-minute penalty which secured Egypt’s place in the finals for the first time since 1990. Also Read - Suez Canal Authority Shares Video After Container Ship Ever Given Refloated | Watch

The Egyptian, who won the award for the first time ever on Thursday, defeated his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane, who finished second. Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished third.

“Winning this award is a dream come true, 2017 was an unbelievable year for me,” Salah said after receiving the trophy.

“I would like to dedicate it to all the kids in Africa and Egypt, I want to tell them to never stop dreaming, never stop believing,” the striker added. (With IANS inputs)