A massive congratulations to Mohamed Salah who has been voted the 2022 PFA Players’ Player of the Year!
Edging out title rival Kevin De Bruyne to the trophy, Salah also saw off Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and teammates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mané to take home the honour. His first PFA Player of the Year win since 2018, Salah’s impressive season also sees him featured in the 2022 PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
It’s been an incredible year for Salah both domestically and internationally as he led Egypt to the African Cup of Nations Final in February and finished the season as joint Premier League top goal scorer alongside Tottenham’s Son Heung-min. Salah scored an impressive 23 goals in the league and clocked 14 assists, including a memorable hattrick and assist at Old Trafford.
A shining star at Anfield, Salah was hugely influential as Liverpool pursued their second Premier League trophy, keeping up the pressure right to the final day of the season and scoring against Wolves in a bid to keep their title hopes alive. He was also a key part of Liverpool’s successful FA Cup campaign and scored eight goals that saw them reach the Champion’s League final against Real Madrid.
Salah is now one of only nine players in PFA Award History to have won two Players’ Player of the Year trophies, joining Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lucy Bronze, Kevin De Bruyne and Fran Kirby.
Winning the award for the second time, Salah said: “It’s a great honour to win a trophy, individual or collective and this one is big so, very happy and very proud of that. This one is a really good one to win, especially because it’s voted by players. It shows you that you’ve worked really hard and you get what you worked for. I have my room with trophies in a cabinet and I made sure that I had another space for one more. I always keep space and just try to imagine that the trophies are going to come.”
Salah added, “When you get older, you feel like you’re more stable and you know exactly what you want from football so I’m just trying to really chill and help the team. That’s why I think I also won the playmaker because it’s like you’re more aware of the game, so you just try to make the people next to you better and try to make yourself better as well.”
From all at the PFA, congratulations Mo!