Riyad Mahrez Algeria forward the only African in the FIFA's player of the year award

Mahrez who led Leicester City to a shocking Premier League win last season is the only African player in the shortlist.

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Riyad Mahrez play Algeria international and Liecester City forward, Riyad Mahrez is the only African player on the shortlist of FIFA's Player of the Year award
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Algeria international Riyad Mahrez is the only African player in the shortlist for the FIFA’s Player of the Year award.

After ending their association with Ballon d’Or, FIFA on Friday, December 4 revealed their shortlist for their Player of the Year.

Algerian midfielder Mahrez who led Leicester City to a shocking Premier League win last season is the only African player in the shortlist.

Cristiano Ronaldo-who is favorite after winning European titles with Real Madrid and Portugal-has also been nominated.

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo play Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are expectedly in the shortlist (AFP/Getty Images)

 

Ronaldo is joined by Real Madrid teammates, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

Lionel Messi is also on the shortlist alongside his Barcelona teammates Neymar, Luis Suarez and Andres Inietsa.

Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar play Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez are on the shortlist (BPI / Matt West)

 

The Premier League is represented by Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, Jamie Vardy of Leicester City, N'Golo Kante of Chelsea (formely of Leicester City) Sergio Aguero Kevin De Bruyne, both of Manchester City, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of United and West Ham star Dimitri Payet.

Mesut Ozil play Arsenal's Mesut Ozil makes the shortlist (AFP)

 

A three-man shortlist will be confirmed in December before the winner is announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on January 9, 2017 in Zurich.

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