Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Chelsea’s Sam Kerr have won the men’s and women’s PFA players’ player of the year awards.

The pair won the Golden Boot in 2021-22 as top scorer in the Premier League and Women’s Super League respectively.

Salah wins the men’s award for the second time, beating Manchester City rival Kevin De Bruyne to the prize. Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Salah’s team-mates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane were also nominated.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden, 22, won the young player of the year award for the second consecutive season.

Lauren Hemp, 21, who plays for City in the WSL, was named the young player of the season for a record-breaking fourth season in a row.

That makes the England international the most decorated PFA award winner ever across all categories.

Egypt’s Salah becomes the sixth male player to win two PFA player of the year awards, after Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Gareth Bale and last year’s winner Kevin de Bruyne.

Salah scored 24 Premier League goals, level with Son Heung-min, as Liverpool missed out on the title by one point to City. He also provided 14 assists in the league – and won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

On winning the award, Salah said: “It’s a great honour to win a trophy, individual or collective and this one is big so, I’m very happy and very proud of that.

“This one is a really good one to win, especially because it’s voted by players. It shows you that you’ve worked really hard and you get what you worked for.

“I have my room with trophies in a cabinet and I made sure that I had another space for one more. I always keep space and just try to imagine that the trophies are going to come.”

“When you get older, you feel like you’re more stable and you know exactly what you want from football so I’m just trying to really chill and help the team. That’s why I think I also won the Playmaker award, because it’s like you’re more aware of the game, so you just try to make the people next to you better and try to make yourself better as well.”

Chelsea’s Kerr is the first Australian to win the a senior player award after scoring 20 WSL goals and helping the Blues to the Double.

On winning the award, the Australian said: “I do a lot as a player, sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t, but I think you have to see yourself in those moments. I just have belief in myself honestly. Just lots of confidence that in the 90th minute or whenever it is, that the team will give me the ball and rely on me.

“Knowing that my team trust me gives me loads of confidence. I love those big moments – that’s what I live for as a footballer.”

Foden – who helped City to the title – is the sixth player to win back-to-back young player awards after Ryan Giggs, Robbie Fowler, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli and Hemp, who has won four in a row.

“It’s an honour to get this again,” said Hemp, who won her first one as a 17-year-old in 2018. “I look to many of them [players] as role models so it’s an honour to be picked by them.”

Former England managers Roy Hodgson and Hope Powell were given the PFA Merit Award for their outstanding contributions to football.

Six of the Premier League team of the year came from Liverpool, with only three from champions City. Champions Chelsea provided four of the WSL team of the year.


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