Mohamed Salah has dazzled in Europe, scoring superb goals, providing sleek assists and smashing records in the process. And for this, he has been duly recognised by FIFA as he was selected among the 10-man shortlist for the prestigious FIFA accolade.
The award recognises outstanding individual talent from the period of 3 July 2018 to 15 July 2018. Salah had an extremely remarkable debut season with Liverpool FC, following his switch from Italian club AS Roma, in a £39 million move. The Egyptian star is the only African nominated for the award.
His exploits with Liverpool FC saw him being awarded the PFA’s Players’ Player of the Year award. He scored 44 goals in 52 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions. He was instrumental in Liverpool's brilliant run to reach the UEFA Champions League final, which they lost to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Such was his excellent form that he broke the record for the most goals scored during a Premier League season. His tally of 32 goals saw him breaking the record which was jointly held by Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer. The Premier League consists of 38 games.
Salah sustained a serious injury during the Champions League final that threatened his appearance for Egypt at the FIFA World Cup held in Russia. He fought on,braved the injury and featured for Egypt in the World Cup, scoring two goals for the country. Egypt however had a dismal performance and crashed out at the group stages.
If Salah wins the award, he would be the first player from the continent to win the FIFA prize since Liberian striker George Weah won it in 1995. Mohamed Salah is the current holder of the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
The voting is being conducted through a public process. Public voting will close on 10 August and winners will be announced on 24 September 2018 at a ceremony in London. You can vote for Salah via this FIFA link. . The voting procedure for the awards is supervised and monitored by independent observers.
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