Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named African Footballer of the Year ending Yaya Touré‘s four year stranglehold on the accolade.
The 26-year old is the first player from the central African country to win the award.
Côte d’Ivoire’s Touré, who plays for Manchester City, came second in the voting while Swansea’s Andre Ayew from Ghana came third.
After receiving the prize at the Confederation of African Football award ceremony in Abuja, Aubameyang said: “You know when next to you there are players like Yaya Toure, Andre Ayew, it’s a proud moment to win this trophy in front of them because they are great players and I have a lot of admiration for them.”
The prolific Borussia Dortmund forward scored 29 Bundesliga goals in 2015, including 18 this season plus a further seven in the Europa League.