Mahrez wins BBC AFOTY award
Algeria star Riyad Mahrez has been named the BBC African Football of the Year for 2016, capping an extraordinary year for the talented forward.
The 25-year-old beat Sadio Mane (Senegal-Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon-Borussia Dortmund, Andre Ayew (Ghana-West Ham) and last year’s winner Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire-Manchester City) to the prize.
After inspiring his club Leicester City to their first ever English Premier League crown, he became the first African to be named the best player in England. He was also influential to his country qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
The winner was determined by fans from across the world.
It means a lot, it is something big for African players so I am very happy and very proud, he told the BBC.
It is always good to receive awards and for Africans this is a huge honour, added the France-born star.