FIFA’s Best Player Award: Invalid Egyptian FA Votes Drive Mohamed Salah Up the Wall


Recent changes effected by Mohamed Salah on his profile suggest the 27-year-old is infuriated by Egypt’s football federation after FIFA deemed votes by the Egyptian FA for player of the year awards invalid.

The Liverpool forward amassed a total of 26 votes to trail winner and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, fellow teammate Virgil Van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday.

Consequently, the former Chelsea striker removed every trace of Egypt on his Twitter bio letting it read “Footballer for Liverpool FC” only. Coaches and captains of every national football federation recognized by FIFA alongside one journalist from each country get to vote for the player of the year.

According to the Egyptian FA, team captain Ahmed ELmohamady and former coach Shawky Gharib had chosen Mohamed Salah as their favourite for the award but later discovered their votes were omitted prompting it to write FIFA.

FIFA revealed the votes were invalid because the forms carrying the votes sent by the EFA did not carry the signature of its General Secretary and also, the signatures on the forms were in capital letters.

The world football governing body said it had sent two reminders on 19 August 2019 to the Egyptian FA to correct and revert the forms but had gotten no response uptil the timeframe of Wednesday, 21 August, 2019 and as a result, considered the votes void.

Salah who is reverenced as an icon in his country said, “Whatever they do to try to change my love for Egypt, they will not succeed.”

Howbeit, the vote of Egypt’s media representative Hany Danial counted and was listed on FIFA’s website. Hany choose Sadio Mane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.