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Mohamed Salah beats Kevin De Bruyne to seal Player of the Year double

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been voted the 2018 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association.

The Egypt international narrowly topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership ahead of Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, the margin understood to be less than 20 votes. Tottenham striker Harry Kane was third.

Between them, Salah, signed by the Reds from Roma last summer, and De Bruyne, who helped City claim the Premier League title with five games still remaining, collected more than 90 per cent of the journalists' votes.

Tuesday's announcement sees Salah complete a personal double, having last month been named the 2017-18 Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year, finishing ahead of De Bruyne and Kane in the vote of their peers.

Salah has scored 43 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions this season and spearheaded Liverpool's push towards a potential place in the Champions League final - the Reds lead Roma 5-2 ahead of Wednesday's semi-final second leg in Italy.

The 25-year-old becomes the first African winner of the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been awarded since 1948.

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