Mahrez Grabs BBC African Footballer of the Year

Riyad MahrezLeicester midfielder, Riyad Mahrez, has won the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016.

After collating votes from fans across the world, the 25-year-old Algerian was picked over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure.

Mahrez says the honour means a lot to him and described it as one big award for African players.

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

The player also extended his appreciation his family and Algeria fans whom he dedicated the honour to.

Meanwhile in Bernabéu, Cristiano Ronaldo saw his rival Lionel Messi off to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Fourth Ballon d’Or

It is now the fourth time the prolific Portuguese is lifting the prestigious prize after the 2008, 2013 and 2014 honours.

He helped Real Madrid win the Champions League last season before leading Portugal to glory in the France Euro 2016.

Christopher Katongo Wins BBC African Footballer Of The Year

Zambia’s Christopher Katongo has been named the 2012 BBC African footballer of the year.

The 30-year-old Zambia captain beat off competition from Demba Ba, Didier Drogba, Younes Belhanda and Yaya Toure to become the first winner from southern Africa in the history of the award.

The shortlist for the award was drawn up by football experts from every country in Africa, who based their choices on players’ skill, technical ability, teamwork, consistency and fair play.

While all the players on the shortlist have enjoyed a superb year, with four of the players picking up silverware, it is Katongo whose performances and achievements have been considered by African football fans to be the greatest.

Ex- Nigerian international Jay-Jay Okocha remains the only player that has won the award back to back in 2003 and 2004 while playing for Bolton in the English premier league.