It was a night of celebrations for Leicester City as their incredible feats were celebrated at the PFA Awards ceremony on Sunday night.
Riyad Mahrez won the Player of the Year award and was also included in the Premier League Team of the Year alongside teammates Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante and Wes Morgan.
Yet Leicester star Demarai Gray almost missed out in all the fun after a scary incident happened as he arrived at London’s Battersea Heliport.
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Leicester’s players were ferried to the bash by helicopter and as the aircraft touched down, the 19-year-old came perilously close to making contact with the tail rotor.
The Foxes paid for five helicopters to fly their stars from their training ground in Leicester to London. Gray was the first to exit his, which also carried Mahrez.
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Completely unaware of the danger he was in, the youngster headed straight for the spinning blades, which were rotating at hundreds of revolutions per minute.
Fortunately, stewards spotted Gray’s danger and rushed over, ordering him to stop before carefully directing him away from the propellers.
The story was brought to our attention by the Daily Mail, who add that Mahrez watched on from the helicopter as his teammate was led around the back of the aircraft.
Mahrez collected the coveted award
The night would quickly improve for Gray as he watched the Algerian collect the coveted award.
Mahrez was recognised for a remarkable season in which he has helped fire Leicester to the cusp of the Premier League title.
The 25-year-old has scored 17 goals and made 11 assists in 34 league games in a season to remember.
Reflecting on his achievement, Mahrez generously deflected the spotlight to his teammates.
The former Le Havre man said, per the Daily Mail: “All the credit is for them, seriously.
“And for my manager and the staff. Without them I wouldn't receive this award and I wouldn't score. It's the team spirit, and I want to dedicate it to them.
“I’m very grateful to receive this award, it's a pleasure. 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.
“But it's more team things. Without my team-mates I wouldn't get this award.”
And the reason behind Leicester’s stunning turnaround?
“The secret has been team spirit,” Mahrez added.
“We work so hard for each other. 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.”
There was probably nobody happier to see Mahrez collect the award than Gray.
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