The award has had some prestigious winners down the years and Salah has now been etched into history after winning the 2017 edition.
To win the honor, Salah beat out the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Gabon) and his teammate at Anfield Sadio Mane (Senegal).
Salah was a joint-top scorer in the 2018 African World Cup Qualifiers after guiding Egypt to their first FIFA World Cup since 1990.
He had something to prove back in the Premier League when he joined Liverpool last summer and he showed what Chelsea are missing by netting 23 goals before the turn of the year in all competitions.
Salah is the second Egyptian to win the award after Mahmoud Al Khatib in 1983.
"I want to tell them to never stop dreaming, never stop believing."
"2017 was an unbelievable year for me with national team and my clubs". Liverpool play local rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round at on Friday (January 5). "To qualify to the World Cup after 28 years and to have a great season at Roma and Liverpool were special moments in my career", he said.
The award is traditionally voted for by the head coaches or technical directors of all Africa's national teams, but this is the first year CAF allowed captains of those teams to also vote.
Salah scored 38 goals in 2017 for clubs and country - a very big total for an inverted winger cum forward.