Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been voted Professional Footballers’ Association Men’s Player of the Year, while Chelsea’s Sam Kerr has won the women’s award.
Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has retained the PFA Young Player of the Year award, with club striker Lauren Hemp named Best Young Women’s Player for the third consecutive season.
Salah came top of the ballot, which was voted on by PFA members, ahead of Kevin De Bruyne, who had won in the previous two years and was an integral part of the City side that beat Liverpool to the title Premier League by one point.
Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Tottenham striker Harry Kane were also on the shortlist, along with Salah’s Liverpool teammates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane.
This is Salah’s second PFA Player of the Year trophy after his previous victory in 2018. This season he helped Jürgen Klopp’s side win the Carabao and FA Cups and reach the League final champions, where they lost to Real Madrid.
Egypt international Salah, who finished joint-top scorer in the Premier League alongside Tottenham’s Son Heung-min with 23 goals, was named PFA Men’s Player of the Year at a virtual ceremony on Thursday.
“It’s a great honor to win a trophy, individual or collective, and this one is big, so very happy and very proud of that,” said Salah, who was also voted male footballer of the year by the Football Writers’ Association.
“This one is really good to win, especially because it is voted by the players. It shows you that you have worked very hard and that you are getting what you have worked for. I have my room with trophies in a cabinet and I made sure to have another space for one more. I always save space and just try to imagine the trophies are coming.
Kerr scored 20 goals for Chelsea to be the FA Women’s Super League top scorer, helping Emma Hayes’ side claim the domestic double after beating Manchester City in the FA Cup final. “It is a huge honor to be elected by your peers. I think it’s the biggest honor as a player, so it’s an amazing feeling,” said Kerr, who was also named FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year.
Arsenal’s Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema and her Gunners team-mate Kim Little were also on the PFA shortlist along with Manchester City’s Alex Greenwood and Hemp as well as Chelsea’s Pernille Harder.
Foden, 22, topped an all-England shortlist for the young men’s player award. Arsenal midfield duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, Conor Gallagher, who spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, Aston Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey and Chelsea full-back Reece James were also nominated.
“I’m really honoured, to be honest, especially to win two in a row, it shows that I’ve come a long way this year with the consistency of my game,” Foden said. “I hope I can win the main prize in the future, but it’s about taking small steps and improving.”
Hemp, meanwhile, is the first person to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award four times. Chelsea striker Lauren James, Arsenal Norwegian star Frida Maanum, Tottenham striker Jessica Naz, Manchester United striker Ella Toone and Brighton defender Maya Le Tissier made up the rest of the shortlist.
“It’s an honor to get it again. Mostly I think it will be voted on by players I’ve played against and met,” the 21-year-old Hemp said. “I consider many of them to be role models, so it’s an honor to be chosen among them. I will continue to work hard to make sure I continue on the right track.
The 2022 PFA Merit Award saw two former England managers honored with Roy Hodgson and Hope Powell being recognized for their outstanding contributions to football.
“I’ve unfortunately never won trophies as a player, so it’s nice to be recognized by other professionals. He will have a place of honor,” said Hodgson, 74, who left his post. at Watford at the end of the season after taking charge in January.
Powell, who is Brighton’s women’s coach, added: “I feel lucky and blessed to be in the game after so many years.”