Al Sadd striker Baghdad Bounedjah has been named 2018 Algerian Playing of the Year, beating off competitions from the likes of former winners Riyad Mahrez and Yacine Brahimi.
Nice right-back Youcef Atal and Esperance striker Youcef Belaili completed the shortlist for the Algerian Ballon d'Or, which was won by the Qatar based striker on the back of a phenomenal, unmatchable stride in 2018.
Baghdad Bounedjah remporte le Ballon d'Or algérien 2018 !!!! 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/vBOr7BGquz— Goal France (@GoalFrance) January 14, 2019
With 58 goals, Bounedjah was the highest goalscorer in 2018 beating the likes of Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo. The tally included a record 29 goals in the ongoing 2018-19 Qatar Stars League campaign.
The Algerian Golden Ball award win represents an improvement from the 27-year-old who finished fourth in 2017 ranking. His outstanding exploits have already garnered interests from European sides with English Championship high-flyers Leeds United and Ligue 1 outfit Marseille.
And the former Etoile du Sahel marksman joins an exclusive list of Algerian football elites that includes the likes of Madjid Bougherra, Mahrez, Slimani and Brahimi.