Leicester City's fairytale season continues to be acknowledged as Riyad Mahrez collected the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday....
Leicester City's fairytale season continues to be acknowledged as Riyad Mahrez collected the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday.
Mahrez is enjoying a wonderful season for the Premier League leaders - having scored 17 goals and 11 assists in the top flight so far this season.
The Algeria international has played an integral role for the champions-elect Foxes and was duly rewarded with the top individual award of the night at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.
The forward beat Leicester team-mates Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante to the award as well as Tottenham stiker Harry Kane, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil and West Ham revelation Dimitri Payet.
'All the credit is for them, seriously,' Mahrez said as he dedicated his success to his Leicester team-mates.
'And for my manager and the staff. Without them I wouldn't receive this award and I wouldn't score. It's the team spirit, and I want to dedicate it to them.
Mahrez has been instrumental in his team's remarkable rise and he now joins a glittering list of former winners that includes Kenny Dalglish, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Mahrez was an unknown when he moved to England two years ago, joining Leicester from second tier French side Le Havre for less than £500,000.
Elsewhere, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been crowned with this season's PFA Young Player of the Year award. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a wonderful breakthrough campaign with Spurs as they sit second in the Premier League table.
Alli has scored 10 goals and provided a further nine assists for Mauricio Pochettino's side.
The Pfa 2016 Winners
PFA Player of the Year: Riyad Mahrez
PFA Young Player of the Year: Dele Alli
PFA Merit award: Ryan Giggs
PFA Premier League Team of the Year
PFA Championship Team of the Year
PFA Women's Player of the Year: Izzy Christiansen
PFA Women's Young Player of the Year: Beth Mead
See photos below
|Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has been accoladed with the PFA Merit Award|
|Jamie Vardy receiving a honorary plate after his remarkable record breaking run|
|Tinie Tempah performing at the gala awards|
Vardy's plate includes the 11 crests of the clubs he scored against in his record-breaking run, as well as the badge of Leicester
|Manchester City's Izzy Christiansen poses after winning the PFA Women's player of the Year award|