Leicester City and Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez has emerged winner of the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award 2016 after wading off competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure.
25-year-old Mahrez who joined Leicester in January 2014, helping them to a shock Premier League title win last season, told BBC Sports,
“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.”