Before the start of the season, not many knew Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, with the Official Fantasy Premier League game even pricing the midfielder at a rather low 5.5 – Eden Hazard was over double the value at 11.5.
But, like the Foxes this entire campaign, Mahrez proved the English top flight and the entire world wrong, helping the club win a historic title and collecting the PFA Player of the Year accolade himself.
In the process he scored 18 goals and picked up 10 assists, making him one of only two players (Dele Alli the other) in the league to get double figures in both categories thus far.
And with the Foxes set to compete in the Champions League next term, it’s unlikely he’ll depart after becoming the team’s main man and superstar alongside Jamie Vardy.
Here are TEN Pictures that sum up Riyad Mahrez’s incredible season.
Mahrez helped the Foxes to an incredible start to the campaign, scoring a brace to beat the Black Cats 4-2 at the Stadium of Light.
With Leicester going a goal down late in the game against Tottenham, Mahrez scored just a minute later to level the game at 1-1.
Now-relegated Aston Villa were leading 2-0 at the King Power Stadium, but Mahrez provided two assists to help his side score three and win 3-2.
Mahrez grabbed his second brace of the campaign, this time against West Bromwich Albion in a 3-2 away victory.
After beating Van Nistelrooy’s consecutive goalscoring record, all eyes were on Jamie Vardy looking to take it to 12 straight games, but Mahrez stole the show by scoring three goals against Swansea City, the first hat-trick of his career.
Many thought that Mahrez and co would struggle against then Premier League champions Chelsea, but the attacking midfielder carved the Blues apart with a well taken goal and assist to help his side win 2-1 on the night.
Leicester seemed to be losing their grip at the top in the middle of the campaign, with Mahrez missing two successive penalties, his second coming against Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw.
Up against title-challengers Manchester City, Mahrez regained his confidence, once again scoring one and providing another in an epic 3-1 win at the Etihad.
Riyad Mahrez was crowned PFA Player of the Year for 2016, beating teammates Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante to the award.
Leicester City lifted the Premier League trophy following their 3-1 win over Everton, but were already named Champions after Tottenham’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea earlier in the week.