The Egypt international beat out the likes of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses.
Last year’s winner, Riyad Mahrez was not even shorlisted for the award this year.
“I am very happy to win this award,” the 25-year-old told BBC Sport.
“It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.”
He added, “I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard.
“I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.”