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Riyad Mahrez wins BBC African Footballer of the Year award

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RIYAD MAHREZ has beat out tough competition to win the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

Fans from across the world voted for the Algeria and Leicester midfielder ahead of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, West Ham front man Andre Ayew, Liverpool forward Sadio Mane and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

Speaking on his win, Mahrez said: "It means a lot because I'm African. It's something big for an African player. I'm very happy and proud to receive it."

"It's always good to receive awards and it's a huge honour - I just have to carry on. I think they are proud of me [in Algeria]. They should be happy today and I want to thank them and dedicate it to them," he added.

Mahrez joined Leicester from Le Havre in 2014 for a paltry fee but has gone on to become a driving force in the Foxes' success.

The 25-year-old scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists as Leicester secured the Premier League title last term. The midfielder has also won 27 caps for his country and continues to be a key member of Georges Leekens's national side.

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