Riyad Mahrez is the first African footballer to win the Professional Footballers Association p...
Riyad Mahrez is the first African footballer to win the Professional Footballers Association player of the year award - but he kept the ceremony tonight waiting with a late arrival.
The Leicester City contingent, flying on four helicopters from the King Power stadium to Battersea heliport, only arrived at the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane, central London around 9.30pm.
Mahrez, 25, was accompanied by his team-mates who made the decision to come en masse once it became clear he had won. Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante were also on the six-man shortlist.
The players were sent on their way with the best wishes of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after their 4-0 win over Swansea City that puts them five points away from winning the Premier League title. He has contributed 17 goals and 11 assists for the Foxes this season.
The Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli won the PFA's young player of the year award, news that had already inadvertently announced during the day.