|Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has been named as the 2016 PFA Player of the Year award after a glorious campaign|
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.
Claudio Ranieri's side need just five points from their remaining three games to be crowned champions of England for the first time in their history.
Mahrez was on the scoresheet earlier on Sunday as the King Power Stadium outfit thumped Swansea 4-0 in the Premier League, and was flown down by helicopter after the game to the London ceremony.
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. Vardy came second in the voting, while Kane was third. The Leicester striker also collected a special award for his record-breaking streak of scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League matches.
'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.
'I'm very grateful to receive this award, it's a pleasure. 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. 'But it's more team things. Without my team-mates I wouldn't get this award.'
|Mahrez poses with the PFA Player of the Year alongside Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri (left) and PFA chairman Ritchie Humphreys|
|Mahrez scored his 17th Premier League goal of the season with this strike against Swansea during their 4-0 victory earlier on Sunday|
|The Algerian slides on his knees in celebration as Claudio Ranieri's side got off to the perfect start after just 10 minutes against Swansea|
|Mahrez dedicated his award to his Leicester team-mates - including Robert Huth (left), Wes Morgan (centre) and Kasper Schmeichel|
|Foxes goalkeeper Schmeichel was in a relaxed mood as he made his way to the Grosevnor Hotel in London on Sunday|
|Jamie Vardy (right) was presented with a commemorative plate in recognition of his consecutive goalscoring record earlier this season|
|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|
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 England international beat Everton duo Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Tottenham team-mate Kane to the award.
|Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been named this season's PFA Young Player of the Year after a wonderful breakthrough term|
|Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has been accoladed with the PFA Merit Award|
|Giggs stands alongside Paul McGrath after being named the PFA Young Player of the Year in 1993|
|Manchester City's Izzy Christiansen poses after winning the PFA Women's player of the Year award|
|Sunderland Ladies' Beth Mead poses after winning the PFA Young Women's player of the Year award|
- Daily Mail