Riyad Mahrez named the BBC African Footballer of the Year

The Leicester winger was given the title on Monday

BY Daniel Kelly 08:17 Tuesday 13 December 2016, 8:17 13 Dec 2016

Picture by Tim Goode EMPICS Sport

Riyad Mahrez has capped off an unforgettable 2016 by being named the BBC African Footballer of the Year.

The award, one of the most prestigious in African footballer, was won by Mahrez for the first time, after a public vote. He is the first Algerian to win the award.

Mahrez's win came by public vote, He defeated Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure to the award.

Speaking to BBC after winning the award, Mahrez thanked his fans for the win.

"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."

Monday was an eventful day for the 25-year-old. He finished 7th in the Ballon d'Or nominations and was the highest ranked African player, as voted by France Football

Mahrez follows the likes of Aubameyang, Ayew, Toure, Michael Essien and Jay-Jay Okacha as winners of the award.

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