While the attacker was ruled out of the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup third round as he collected his award in Ghana's capital Accra, Salah was still all smiles with his prize on a flight back to England.
"Winning this award is a dream come true 2017 was an unbelievable year for me I had a fantastic time with the national team", said Salah after receiving the trophy.
"If I can win this award twice, three, four times and even 20 times, I want to win it", the former Basel winger said. It was very hard to explain the moments.
The second phase of the voting process saw head coaches and captains of the national Associations affiliated to CAF making their choices together with Independent Media and TV consultants during an awards ceremony held in Accra, Ghana this past Thursday.
Mohammed Salah was crowned the BBC Africa player of the year in 2017.
In other award categories, Hector Cuper who guided Egypt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was named the coach of the year whilst Nigerian Assisat Oshoala emerged as the female player of the year.
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Salah became the second after the Egyptian Mahmoud El-Khatib, was awarded the title of player of the year by the African football Confederation.
The sprinter has scored 23 goals in 29 matches in all competitions this season after he was brought from AS Roma for 40 Million Euros.
"I want to tell them to never stop dreaming, never stop believing".
He did stand out for Senegal, however, as they secured a first World Cup appearance since 2002, providing much of the creativity in a team stacked with physically formidable footballers.
Salah was awarded the EA Sports Player of the Month award in November.
Salah scored both goals, including the injury-time victor, in the 2-1 win over Republic of Congo in October that sealed Egypt's place at the World Cup.