Salah wins Best Arab Player award over Mahrez and Benatia
Egypt international Mohamed Salah has been named the Best Arab Player in 2016 at the Globe Soccer Awards ceremony on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old was crowned the best Arab player after scoring 18 goals for Roma in 2016, helping them finish third in the Italian Serie A as well as reaching the European Champions League round of 16.
Salah’s heroics wasn’t only for Roma as he also helped the Egyptian national team to qualify for the 2017 AFCON in Gabon after missing the last three tournaments by scoring five goals in the qualifiers, only Algeria’s El Arbi Soudani and Kenya’s Getaneh Kebede have managed more.
The former Arab Contractors and Chelsea winger beat the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani, and Moroccan international Mehdi Benatia, who won the award in 2014.
Salah is not the only Arab player to win an award as UAE’s Omar Abdulrahman was awarded the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Player of the Year award, after leading his side Al Ain to the AFC Champions League final.
It’s worth mentioning that Cristiano Ronaldo won the Best Player of the Year award, and the Best Coach of the Year award went to Fernando Santos, who led Portugal to winning Euro 2016.
Meanwhile, English referee Mark Clattenburg, who was close to officiate the Cairo Derby next Thursday, was presented with the Best Referee of the Year award.
Check out AS Roma Chief Executive Officer and UEFA Club Competition Committee Vice Chairman Umberto Gandini’s tweet:
— Umberto Gandini (@UmbertoGandini) December 27, 2016
Mohamed Salah will hope to replicate that form for Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations next January after he was called up by Egypt manager Héctor Cúper to represent the Pharaohs in Gabon.
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