Leicester City’s sensational winger, Algerian Riyad Mahrez has put the icing on an already fabulous and unforgettable season, winning this year’s BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
Mahrez, who is the reigning PFA Players’ Player of the Year won the English Premier League with Leicester last season, a remarkable accomplishment.
The Algerian had a brilliant season with the Foxes, scoring 17 league goals in 37 league games to help Leicester clinch a dream title.
Soccer fans from across the world voted for Mahrez, who shrugged off a strong challenge from Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ghana’s Andre Ayew, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure.
Mahrez thanked fans who voted for him, writing on Twitter “Big honor to win BBC African player of the year , thanks to everyone who voted for me”.
Proud to finish 7th in this years ballon d'or nominations thank you everyone ???? pic.twitter.com/RoANi1QwXu
— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) December 12, 2016
Winning the BBC award is a remarkable achievement for a player who comes from humble beginnings and wasn’t given much of a chance owing to his lanky stature. In his early footballing years, Mahrez was thought to be too frail to make it as a top footballer, but he has overcome these challenges to achieve what only a handful of African players have accomplished before.
The Algerian who was also shortlisted for the 2016 Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player, recorded another memorable achievement, finishing seventh in this year’s Ballon d’Or standings.
BREAKING: #lcfc midfielder Riyad Mahrez finishes in 7th place in the Ballon d'Or vote ????.
More to follow. pic.twitter.com/B4JPmC4IU6
— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 12, 2016
The Portuguese inspirational captain and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for a fourth time.
Ronaldo led Portugal to European glory during this year’s Euros held in France and he also won the Champions League with Los Blancos.