Algeria international Riyad Mahrez has paid tribute to his team-mates for helping him achieve the feat of becoming the first Leicester Player to be named the PFA Players’ Player of the Season.
The Algerian has been in an enthralling form this campaign for the Leicester, with a stunning 17 goals and 11 assists to his name in the Barclays Premier League.
That tally has helped propel Claudio Ranieri’s side to the top of the table and it’s those performances that have seen him earn the recognition of his fellow professionals as the league’s best player for 2015/16.
Speaking to thepfa.com the awards, Mahrez said: “I’m feeling good. I’m very grateful to receive this award, it’s a pleasure.
“It means if they (fellow players) vote for me they have seen how I have played this year, so I’m happy but it’s more a team thing because without my team-mates I wouldn’t get this award.” The former Le Havre man stated.
Foxes team-mates Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kanté were also on the six-man shortlist along with West Ham’s Dimitri Payet, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, but it was Mahrez who walked away with the night’s top honour.
Mahrez was also named in the PFA Team of the Season along with Wes Morgan, Vardy and Kante, while Vardy was honored with a special prize to mark his record run of scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games.