Riyad Mahrez has made history by becoming the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award. In fact, he is only the second non-European player to win the prestigious award, after Luis Suarez was voted by his peers as the winner of the award in the 2013/14 season.
Bought for approximately £400,ooo in the summer of 2014, Mahrez has really shone this season as the main goal threat for Leicester City alongside the prolific Jamie Vardy in their incredible battle to make arguably the greatest piece of history so far in the Premier League era. His explosive pace and tricky feet have proved too much for many Premier League defenders this year, so it comes as no surprise that he won; what is surprising is that he is the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award.
Yaya Toure has long been considered one of the best midfielders in the Premier League in recent years, and, other than his overly confident (read: arrogant) attitude, he is a true spectacle to watch. With his departure from English football seemingly imminent, it is a true shame that he wasn’t the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award… that is to take nothing away from Mahrez, who has been an absolute pleasure to watch on so many occasions this season.
Mahrez, upon winning, dedicated his award to his Leicester team-mates saying “All the credit is for them seriously.” With two other Leicester City players named among the nominees for the award (Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante), it was only right that he acknowledged the achievements of his team-mates too, by revealing that “Without his [my] team-mates he [I] wouldn’t get this award.”
Congratulations once again to Riyad Mahrez on becoming the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award!