DELIGHTED Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been crowned PFA Player of the Year. "I've worked hard and I'm very happy to win it", Salah said at the ceremony last night. "I'm very excited and we will see in the next three games".
The Egypt global was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday night after he beat Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea in the vote by his fellow players.
As a pivotal part of Manchester City's title winning romp, De Bruyne scored eight goals and provided a staggering fifteen assists, while Mohamed Salah could call on a sensational 31 goals in his debut season at Anfield, along with nine assists.
"You're comparing your name with some great names, " he said, on the prospect of breaking the record. I want to break this record and also break the one for [42-game season].
Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year Award was first presented in the 1973/1974 season.
Meanwhile, De Bruyne's masterful trickery and vision have given Guardiola's side fresh impetus this season, with the Belgian registering the most assists in Europe's top five divisions with 15, as City clinched the Premier League title easily.
The Egyptian winger was recently named as the Premier League's Player of the Month for the March, an individual accolade that Salah has collected four times this season.
Salah is the seventh Premier League player to win the award and the first to win it since Suarez in 2013-14.
Kenny Dalglish (1983) and Terry McDermott (1980).
City did pick up a prize from the PFA gala in central London on Sunday, though, as Leroy Sane won the Young Player of the Year.
The PFA's Merit award went posthumously to Cyrille Regis, the former West Brom forward who died aged 59 in January.