African football star Mohamed Salah has been shortlisted for The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year. The Liverpool attacker made the final three-man shortlist alongside Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi.

The African football star was rewarded with a place in the final three for the 2021 edition of The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award after a sensational start to the current season.

Salah leads the scoring chart in the Premier League this season with 16 goals. The Egyptian international has six more goals than the nearest challenger, Diogo Jota. Portugal international Jota is a teammate of African football star Salah at Liverpool. He has 16 goals and nine assists in 20 Premier League appearances this term. In total, Salah has 23 goals in 26 Liverpool matches this season as he has scored seven Champions League goals in just six matches.

Liverpool star Salah is presently with the Egypt squad as they prepare for the 2021 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament taking place across five cities in Cameroon over the next one month. The tournament starts on Sunday, January 9 and ends on Sunday, February 6.

Salah is expected to spearhead the Egyptian challenge for the title at the upcoming AFCON tournament. Egypt are the most successful team on the African continent with seven AFCON titles.

The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award is voted for by the jury of current men’s national team managers and skippers, fans registered on the FIFA website and specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team. Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is the last recipient of the award after he won it ahead of Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo and PSG attacking talent Lionel Messi last year.