African Footballer of the Year nominee Sadio Mane
On 16 May, Southampton's Sadio Mané needed just 176 seconds to score the fastest hat-trick in the 23-year history of the Premier League.
Those three goals contributed to his 10 goals and five assists in 29 Premier League games this year, a run made more impressive given the 23-year-old Senegalese international occupies an advanced midfield rather than a central striking role.
Voting for the award opened at 1055GMT on Saturday 14 November and closed at 1800GMT on Monday 30 November.
The winner will be revealed in a special show on BBC World News at 1530GMT on Friday 11 December.