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Mahrez’ named the BBC African player of the year

Leicester City’s Algerian Riyad Midfielder Mahrez’

Algerian international Riyad Mahrez’ has been named the BBC African player of the year.

The 25-year became the first African to win the 2015/2016 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.

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.