Wednesday 23 August 2017

Riyad Mahrez named BBC African Footballer of the Year

Riyad Mahrez was player of the year as Leicester won their first league title
Riyad Mahrez was player of the year as Leicester won their first league title

Riyad Mahrez has been crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year following a remarkable 12 months with Leicester.

Winger Mahrez was named PFA Player of the Year following his stunning form in the 2015-16 Premier League season, where he helped inspire the Foxes to a first Premier League title.

The Algerian scored 17 league goals and chipped in with 11 assists, while he has also been in good form for Claudio Ranieri's men in the Champions League so far this campaign and played a pivotal role in Algeria's qualification for next year's African Cup of Nations.

Mahrez, who beat off competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and last year's winner Yaya Toure, told the BBC: "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. I just have to carry on and keep going with my football and see what I can do."

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