Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez has been named the PFA player for the year 2016, beating teammates Jamie Vardy and N’golo Kante, as well as Harry Kane to the award.
The attacking midfielder has been a spirited addition to the foxes squad, with his 17th goal helping them go eight points clear at the top.
Mahrez also has 11 assists for the club, as they go on to win their first ever EPL.
The Algeria international’s Leicester team-mate Jamie Vardy came second in the vote with Tottenham striker Harry Kane finishing third.
“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,” said Mahrez on accepting the award.
“Without my team-mates I wouldn’t get this award. We are like brothers, it’s everywhere on the pitch. That’s our strength.
“If sometimes we are not good, we know we are going to run and make the effort for our team-mates. That is the secret of our success.”
Mahrez is the first Leicester player and the first African to win the prestigious award.