Algerian international Riyad Mahrez’ dynamic performances in Leicester’s remarkable Premier League title win last season garnered him the prestigious BBC African player of the year award on Monday.
The 25-year-old France-born forward — who earlier this year became the first African to win the Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year award on the back of his 17 goals and 11 assists for Leicester — beat fellow nominees Yaya Toure, Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andre Ayew.
The winner was chosen by fans from across the world.
“It means a lot, it’s something big for African players so I am very happy and very proud,” he told the BBC.
“It’s always good to receive awards and for Africans this is a huge honour,” added Mahrez, whose father is Algerian and mother of Moroccan/Algerian descent.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was in the audience and expressed his delight.
“He is improving every day,” the Italian told the BBC.
“I don’t speak about his quality. I speak about his sacrifice, he has fought for the team because it is very important for us to be together.”
Mahrez, who cost the Foxes — then managed by Nigel Pearson — just £400,000 when they bought him from French outfit Le Havre in 2014, joins legends such as Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba and Liberian George Weah who have won the award.
BREAKING: Many injured in Lagos gas explosion
JUST IN: Ighalo Has Been Sentenced to Prison, See What He Did (Details below)
JUST IN: Government Hand Over Former Deputy Governor to Police, See What Happened (Details below)
Pornhub Releases The Nigerian University Students Who Visit Their Website The Most (Details below)
“Marry him if he Releases and his Banana still Stand”, E Get Reasons – Lady Advises (Video below)
ODUDUWA REPUBLIC: Nigerian Prophet Finally Speaks On What Will Happen To Sunday Ighoho And Nigeria (Details below)
SO SAD: Angry Wife bites Husband to Death (Details below)
SO SAD: This Lady Was Killed By Her Husband Who Came Back From Prison Just Because Of This (Details below)
- Entertainment2 days ago
After prophet Odumeje condemned Ada Jesus to death, native doctor forgives and reverse curses placed on her (Video)
- Celebrity Gossip & Gist1 day ago
Throwback And Recent Pictures Of Ada Jesus And Things To Learn From Her Mistakes (Details below)
- Sports2 days ago
Spurs vs Man United: Son’s father better than you – Mourinho attacks Solskjaer after 3-1 loss
- News1 day ago
God is not happy with Buhari, political and religious leaders – Jehovah Sharp Sharp pastor carries coffin on his head to protest against bad governance (Details below)