Mohamed Salah has been named the men’s Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
The Egyptian wins the award for the second time in his career after enjoying another fruitful campaign with Liverpool.
Chelsea striker Sam Kerr won the women’s award, which for the first time was voted for by the full FWA membership, having previously been decided by a panel of experts.
Salah received 48 per cent of the voting, finishing ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and West Ham’s Declan Rice.
The Liverpool attacker has 44 goal involvements in 44 appearances this season in all competitions (30 goals, 14 assists) as he and his team-mates continue to hunt down what would be an unprecedented quadruple.
BREAKING – @mosalah is Footballer of the Year for the second time, and @samkerr1 has been voted Women’s Footballer of the Year. Congratulations to the @LFC and @ChelseaFCW strikers. Awards to be presented on May 5 at our annual dinner. Details: https://t.co/O9hyrAiGck #FOTY22 pic.twitter.com/FfO5hUxe17
— The FWA (@theofficialfwa) April 29, 2022
Kerr received 40 per cent of votes to beat Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema and Man City’s Lauren Hemp, who finished second and third.
The Australian has scored a goal a game in the Women’s Super League this season, bagging 18 in 18 for the league leaders, with a further four assists.
Chair of the FWA, Carrie Brown, told the FWA website: “Both Mo and Sam have been outstanding this season, breaking records for both club and country. As well as their performances on the pitch, they are leaders and standard bearers of excellence at their clubs and respective leagues.
“The fact they have won by such convincing margins underlines just how impressive they have been this season which has been recognised by our members.”
Both Salah and Kerr will be presented with their awards at a Footballer of the Year dinner on May 5.
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