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Mohamed Salah speaks of pride at being nominated for UEFA POTY award

Mohamed Salah speaks of pride at being nominated for UEFA POTY award

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Egypt and Liverpool winger has spoken of his pride at being nominated for the UEFA Player of the Year award.

Salah was nominated for the award alongside Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo after his exceptional debut campaign with Liverpool, which saw him score 44 goals.

He helped the Reds finish fourth in the Premier League and reach the UEFA Champions League final for the first time in 11 years.

However, the Egyptian lost the award to Luka Modric after an impressive season for the Croatian, where he won the Champions League title and reached the World Cup final.

“When you do something for the first time, nobody has done it as an Egyptian before, something great, it’s something I have to be proud of,” Salah said.

Mohamed Salah ballon d'or

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“There are 100 million Egyptians who see me as a role model. That’s something I have to be very proud of.

“Sometimes you feel pressure because of that but it also makes you work harder to do your job better and better and better,” he added.

Salah also missed out on the Best Forward award as Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the award following his 15 goals for Real Madrid in last season’s UEFA Champions League campaign.

The Egyptian will now focus on the upcoming Champions League campaign, as Liverpool were drawn in an extremely tough group alongside Paris Saint Germain, Napoli, and Red Star Belgrade.

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