Monday, December 12, 2016

Riyad Mahrez is BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016

Algeria and Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez wins the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016. Mahrez won ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure. The 25-year-old midfielder becomes the second Algerian to win the award following Yacine Brahimi award of the BBC African Player of the Year Award in 2014.

Riyad Mahrez is BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016


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.

Winger Mahrez, 25, told BBC Sport: "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."

He added: "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."

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