Yacine Brahimi has bagged the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 ahead of Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama.
The 24-year-old midfielder became the first Algerian to win the award, which was decided by football fans.
Brahimi told BBC Sport, “It’s a big honour for me to receive this wonderful trophy. I owe it to my country, Algeria, and to all the people who voted for me.
“It’s also a trophy for the whole of Africa, because it rewards an African player. So I am really very happy.”
Brahimi top the list ahead of Nigerian captain Vincent Enyeama, Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ivorian pair Gervinho and Yaya Toure after a record number of votes were submitted from fans in 207 FIFA-registered countries.
Brahimi who is delighted to have been acclaimed as the best player on the continent for the past year said, the trophy is going to give him more potency, more desire to work, to get better, to learn so that he can keep having immense performances.
Brahimi started the year at Spanish club, Granada domestically, where his strong performances led him being named best African player in the country last season – which earned him a move to Portuguese giants Porto.
At the world level, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer will fight it out for the 2014 Ballon. The winners of all the awards will be revealed at the final ceremony in Zurich on January 12, 2015.