RIYAD Mahrez pointed to the sky in an emotional tribute to Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after scoring Man City’s opener at Tottenham on Monday night.
The Thai businessman, as well as four others, was tragically killed in a helicopter accident outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday night.
Mahrez, 27, tapped home emphatically from close range after Raheem Sterling’s cut-back to give Pep Guardiola’s men a dream start at Wembley.
But it was his heartfelt celebration which grabbed the headlines as he remembered the late Srivaddhanaprabha – someone he knew well from his spell at Leicester.
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Football: Manchester City forward and former Leicester player Riyad Mahrez scored against Tottenham, with his celebration a tribute to former Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a helicopter crash on the weekend.
Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s first goalSource:Getty Images
How fitting that Riyad Mahrez, one of Leicester’s heroes should score the first goal.
Man City 1 up after five minutes. Riyad Mahrez scores – and the former Leicester City title-winner points skywards. Set up by Sterling.
Riyad Mahrez points to the heavens after giving Man City the lead at Wembley.
Under his ownership the Foxes achieved the unthinkable by winning the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2015-16, defying the 5,000-1 odds.
And Mahrez, who arrived at the club in January 2014, played a pivotal part in that fairytale becoming true.
The Algerian ace also played a key role in the club winning the Championship title three years ago.
Following the tragic news, Mahrez posted two images of himself joking around with Srivaddhanaprabha on Instagram, with the caption: “One of the best person I’ve ever met. I will never forget you. Rest In Peace Vichai.”
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This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission
Originally published as ‘Fitting’: Former Leicester star’s beautiful goal tribute
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