Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Heartbroken Riyad Mahrez Pays Emotional Tribute To Leicester City Owner

Heartbroken Riyad Mahrez Pays Emotional Tribute To Leicester City Owner

Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez dedicated his winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, describing the death of the Leicester City owner as personally "heartbreaking".

Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday night.

The Algeria winger enjoyed a good relationship with the charismatic Vichai before moving to City ahead of the current campaign. I know he would have wanted me to play.

With the surface a muddy mess after Sunday's National Football League match, keeper Ederson launched the ball 70 yards from his goal kick, Raheem Sterling cut it back for Mahrez to fire home. "The boss was very special to me, I spent four-and-a-half years there".

Pep Guardiola, the City manager, said the club had not considered resting Mahrez for this fixture. He was such a good person.

"It's hard to speak about it because it's very sad".

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"I have many memories of him".

'It has been very, very hard for me.

Mahrez flourished at Leicester and was voted PFA Player of the Year for his dazzling displays in their title triumph.

"He was like a dad for us. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the families of the victims affected by this tragedy". I know he would have wanted me to play. He was passionate about football. It was hard [to play against Tottenham] but I kept thinking about him. "It's been hard to sleep as well". "The outpouring of grief is a testament to how many people's lives were touched by those on board", she said in a statement.

Star striker Sergio Aguero was guilty of failing to capitalise on some good opportunities to extend the lead - and was eventually replaced by Kevin De Bruyne, with David Silva pushed up to play as a false nine.

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