Mahrez is best footballer in Africa, 7th best in the world

| 12th Dec 2016

Mahrez is best footballer in Africa, 7th best in the world

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has been crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016.

The winger was voted by fans from across the world ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure.

“It means a lot, it’s something big for African players so I am very happy, I am very proud,” Mahrez, 25, told BBC Sport.

“It’s always good to receive awards and for African players it’s a huge honour. To all the fans, thank you very much.”

“Also I want to thank the Algeria fans and dedicate this to them as well and for my family,” he added.

“I just have to carry on and keep going with my football and see what I can do.”

The award caps a great year for Mahrez, who had already won the English Premier League title and was voted Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year. On the same night he won the BBC African Footballer of the Year, Mahrez was also named the 7th best footballer in the world by France Football, organisers of the Ballon d’Or.