Wednesday Dec 13, 2017. 12:30
Former Chelsea and Cote d’Ivoire striker Didier Drogba has lavished Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah with praise after winning the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year.
The Egyptian international has been a marvel to watch for the Reds this term after netting 19 goals in all competitions for the English Premier League side.
Drogba believes Salah is growing into a real leader and says he is bossing the Reds’ attack, whilst playing a massive role for his national team.
The Elephants legend bagged the BBC accolade in 2009 and said the 25-year-old will be vital for the Pharaohs at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“He's becoming a boss and a leader - we've seen it in the national team and seen it at Liverpool," Drogba told the BBC.
"I can tell by his celebrations that he knows what he's doing now, he's not going crazy but just sticking his tongue out to say, 'yeah it's me'.
"He can bring a lot of his leadership and his experience, that he is learning at Liverpool and with the national team to the team in Russia.
"You know for him playing in a lot of big competitions will help him to be among the best players in Europe and during the World Cup.
"Mo Salah on his own cannot win the World Cup but if all his teammates are at the level the continent expects them to be, then Mo Salah can be a fantastic player and be one of the stars in this competition."