Saturday Oct 12, 2019
Egypt and Liverpool footballer Mohamed Salah has been named "Man of the Year" by GQ Middle East.
The 27-year-old footballer picked up the award earlier this week alongside fellow cover star Victoria Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio who won Fashion Icon.
Speaking about why the Egyptian won Man of the Year, GQ said, "Each time he steps on a pitch, Mohamed Salah balances the expectations of a nation – and one of the world’s most famous football clubs.
"It’s the kind of pressure that can make or break a man…but this much we know: Salah won’t be stopped," the publication said.
"That's why he's our Man of The Year."
On picking up the award, Salah said, “The biggest thing that helped me throughout my career is that I always want to learn. If you want to succeed you have to be willing to learn everything.”
When asked about his pre-match routine, Salah said, “I try to visualise the game each time. I think about the whole thing ahead of the match. Once you’re in the game it’s easier after that – it's like you’ve played it already.”
Earlier this year, the Egyptian striker was voted as African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year at the Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony in Dakar.
Salah beat fellow nominees, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“This award is very big for me, I love it because I saw it when I was young and I always had a dream to win it one day,” Salah said when collecting his trophy for his 2018 exploits.
“I’m proud to win it twice, I must thank my family and my teammates, and I dedicate this award to my country, Egypt.”