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Riyad Mahrez named African footballer of the year

Riyad Mahrez named African footballer of the year

- Riyad Mahrez has been named the BBC African Footballer of the Year

- Man City's Yaya Toure was the 2015 African Footballer of the Year

- Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Mane and Toure were in the running for the award

Leicester City and Alegria attacker Riyad Mahrez has been crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016.

The midfielder beat of competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure.

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."

Mahrez was recently named the seventh best footballer of 2016 in the race for the Ballon d'Or which Cristiano Ronaldo eventually given the award.

Riyad Mahrez named African footballer of the year

Riyad Mahrez with his BBC African footballer of the year award

The 25 year old won the English Premier League title and was voted Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.

He was a driving force in Leicester City's shock title triumph, scoring 17 goals and providing 11 assists.

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