Mohamed Salah wins the PFA Player of the Year award for the second time
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named PFA Player of the Year to end Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne’s streak after winning it over the past two years.
Salah, the Premier League’s joint top scorer last season with 23 goals, was also chosen over Liverpool team-mates Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk.
Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Tottenham’s Harry Kane were the others shortlisted for the prestigious annual award, chosen by the players.
Salah enjoyed another fantastic season, as he scored 23 goals in the Premier League and also helped Egypt to the Africa Cup of Nations title in February, but was unable to lead Liverpool to the title as they were second to City.
The 29-year-old also finished the season with the most assists, recording 13 to claim the Premier League’s playmaker award.
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool has won the 2021-22 PFA Player of the Year award for the second time
The Egyptian forward won the Golden Boot and the Playmaker Award after a great campaign
It is the first time since 2018 that Salah, who has committed to Liverpool for next season but whose future at Anfield remains uncertain after that date, has won the PFA Player of the Year award.
Salah is now one of only nine players in PFA award history to have won two Players’ Player trophies along with Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Gareth Bale, Ronaldo, Lucy Bronze, De Bruyne and Fran Kirby.
“It’s a great honor to win a trophy, individually or collectively and it’s so big, very happy and very proud,” said Salah, who won the League Cup and FA Cup with Liverpool last season.
“This is a really good one to win, especially because it’s been voted on by players. It shows that you have worked very hard and that you are getting what you have worked for.
“I have my room of trophies in a closet and I made sure I had room for another one. I always keep space and just try to imagine the trophies are coming.
“As you get older, you feel like you’re more stable and you know exactly what you want from football, so I’m just really trying to relax and help the team.
“That’s why I think I won the playmaker too, because it’s like you’re more aware of the game, so you’re just trying to make the people next to you better and make yourself better too.”
Salah finished the Premier League season with 23 goals and 13 assists, while Liverpool finished second
His exploits failed to lead Liverpool to the title as they were picked by Manchester City
Liverpool star’s win denied Kevin De Bruyne a third consecutive PFA Player of the Year award
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De Bruyne, who won the award in 2020 and 2021, was the favorite to keep the award after another stellar campaign from the 30-year-old midfielder, but was unable to secure a hat-trick.
With 15 goals and eight assists, De Bruyne has once again been central to Pep Guardiola’s success on their way to the domestic title.
Mane, who will leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich this summer, has never won the award.
The Senegalese finished the season with 16 league goals and four assists, bringing them out big on big moments, including scoring the winner in a crucial trip to Aston Villa in the run-up. In the past term, his impact was so great that he is seriously in conflict with the Ballon d’Or.
Ronaldo may have been a surprise inclusion on the nominees list after United endured a dismal campaign, failed to qualify for the Champions League and finished with their lowest points tally in the Premier League.
The Belgian was a key part of Pep Guardiola’s title-winning squad at Manchester City
Sadio Mané was also nominated and hoped to win the annual award for the first time
The 37-year-old, a two-time winner of this award having won it consecutively in 2006-07 and 2007-08, finished the season with 18 league goals and three assists.
Kane wanted to become the first Spurs player to win the award since Gareth Bale in 2013.
The 28-year-old had a slow and sluggish start to the season as he failed to secure a transfer.
But he was energized and refreshed under Antonio Conte and he played a key role in securing the return of Champions League football with a top four finish.
Son Heung-min, who was the top scorer together with Salah, were among the high-profile names that were not nominated.