Football Fans from across the world voted for the Algeria and Leicester midfielder ahead and againat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure.
After the vote and all considerations, Riyad Mahrez was finally crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016.
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.”