London: Leicester City’s attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez has bagged the Professional Footballers’ Association ( PFA) Player of the Year award.
The 25-year-old clinched the prestigious title after beating his team-mates Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante and Tottenham star striker Harry Kane.
The achievement came in the wake of Mahrez’s phenomenal performances this season which saw him score 17 times, with 11 assists to take Leicester to the top of the Premier League table, the goal.com reported.
Mahrez, who was quite jubilant after receiving the prestigious award, said, “It’s extra special because if the players vote for me it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year so I’m happy. Without my team-mates I wouldn’t get this award. We are like brothers, it’s everywhere on the pitch. That’s our strength.”
Mahrez also became Leicester’s first-ever player to receive the accolade and also created history by becoming the first African player to pick up the award.
Meanwhile, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was named Young Player of the Year.