Egypt’s Mohamed Salah wins FIFA Puskas award
Egypt international Mohamed Salah claimed the Puskas award at the Best FIFA Football Awards for his effort against Everton in the Premier League.
The Liverpool forward’s goal was nominated alongside other stunning goals, including Gareth Bale’s overhead kick against Liverpool in the Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrobatic strike against Juventus, and Pavard’s volley against Argentina.
However, Salah’s strike in the Merseyside derby took 38 per cent of the votes, and the Egyptian became the first African and Arab player to win the award.
On receiving the award, Salah said: ‘I am very happy and very proud. I have to thank everyone who for voted me.’
Mohamed Salah was also nominated for the Best FIFA men’s player of the Year, but he came in third place behind Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Croatian received 29.05% of the votes, while Ronaldo came second with 19.08%, and Salah was third with 11.23%.
“I’m sure it is not the last nomination because I always want to be better than last season,” Mohamed Salah told BBC ahead of the awards ceremony.
“My favourite goal was the one against Everton because it was my first derby, but all of them were very important.”
On playing for Egypt: “That was one of the best moments in my life and this is the dream for us as Egyptians, and human beings, to play at the World Cup.
“I’m sure I have a long time to play football,” he added.
Mohamed Salah was also not included in Fifa’s Team of the Year, which consisted of David de Gea, Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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