Algeria and Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez has won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
Mahrez, 25, who joined Leicester from Le Havre in 2014 beating off competition from Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, West Ham frontman Andre Ayew, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to claim the prize.
“It means a lot because I’m African. It’s something big for an African player. I’m very happy and proud to receive it,” Mahrez said after being presented with the award.
The former Le Havre sensational scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists a driving the Foxes’ success, as they secured the Premier League title last term.
Mahrez has won 27 caps for his country and continues to be a key member of Georges Leekens’s national side.