Taking to Instagram,Edouard Mendy opened up in a heartfelt and emotional acceptance letter.
He wrote: “What a pride to receive this award today. I am even prouder to be the first African goalkeeper in history to win this title, and I hope to pave the way for many others.
“The first word that comes to my mind is THANK YOU.
“Thank you to my companion, my children, my family and all those around me.
Thank you to the French clubs that trained me and allowed me to evolve.
Thank you to my club Chelsea, my coach, the staff and the players.
Thank you to my country, Senegal, my coach and his staff, and all the players of my selection.
“I will continue to work hard, as I have always done, to maintain this level of performance and win new titles.
“To conclude, I would just like to say: believe in yourself, in your dreams, always give your best, trust yourself, everything is possible.”