Riyad Mahrez Wins BBC African Player Of The Year 2016 Award

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Riyad Mahrez Wins BBC African Player Of The Year 2016 Award

Algerian international Riyad Mahrez has been crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016.

The 25-year-old France-born forward — who earlier this year became the first African to win the Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year award on the back of his 17 goals and 11 assists for Leicester — beat fellow nominees Yaya Toure, Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andre Ayew.

Fans from across the world voted Riyad Mahrez ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure. [BBC Sport]
Fans from across the world voted Riyad Mahrez ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure. [BBC Sport]
The winner was chosen by fans from across the world.

While speaking to BBC Sport, Mahrez said:

“It means a lot, it’s something big for African players so I am very happy, I am very proud.

“It’s always good to receive awards and for African players it’s a huge honour. To all the fans, thank you very much.”

“Also I want to thank the Algeria fans and dedicate this to them as well and for my family.

“I just have to carry on and keep going with my football and see what I can do.”

Also speaking, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieiri, who was in attendance as Mahrez received his award, paid tribute to the winger.

He said: “I want to see him continue as a fantastic player,” the Italian told BBC Sport. ” It’s very important for us, for the team. He is improving every day.

“I don’t speak about his quality. I speak about his sacrifice, he has fought for the team because it’s very important for us to be together.”

The award comes as an icing to the cake for the Algerian who had already won the English Premier League title and was voted Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.

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