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Riyad Mahrez paid tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after Tottenham 0-1 Man City

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Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal as Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur.

It was an emotional evening for the Algerian, who dedicated his match-winning effort to Leicester City’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Mahrez played a crucial role in Leicester’s title-winning campaign in 2015-16 under Srivaddhanaprabha, who tragically died in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Gary Lineker summed it up well on Twitter after Mahrez gave Man City the lead.

“How fitting that Riyad Mahrez, one of Leicester’s heroes, should score the first goal,” the Match of the Day host wrote.

Mahrez tweeted the prayer emoji late on Saturday, after the incident.

And the 27-year-old delivered a wonderful tribute when he spoke to Sky Sports after the win at Wembley Stadium.

Mahrez's post-match interview

"He was like a dad. He was very special,” Mahrez said.

Srivaddhanaprabha was close to each and every one of his players, buying them a BMW iW car after Leicester’s fairytale 2015-16 season, and it’s clear in Mahrez’s words just how much the Thai businessman meant to him.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Premier League

Tributes have poured in for the 60-year-old, who was one of five passengers who lost their lives on Saturday evening.

Pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz and members of staff Kaveporn Punpare and Nursara Suknamai also died.

According to ESPN, the Foxes are considering renaming their stadium after Srivaddhanaprabha.

Vichai’s son Aiyawatt, the club’s vice-chairman, and other senior members of the King Power Group are open to the idea of renaming the King Power Stadium to the Khun Vichai Stadium.

Leicester are also planning to build a new $100 million training facility that will bear his name.

A book of condolences will open at the club’s stadium on Tuesday morning to allow fans to pay their respects.

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