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Riyad Mahrez and Isobel Christiansen have been selected by their peers as the top male and female footballers at the 43rd PFA Awards in London.

“(Didier) Drogba never won it?,” asked a stunned Mahrez after hearing he had become the first African to claim the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.

Mahrez saw off competition from shortlisted nominees Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante, Dimitri Payet, Harry Kane and Mesut Ozil for the country’s most prestigious individual prize, which is chosen by players across England’s four professional leagues.

Watch Mahrez’s full interview with PFA TV below.

Surprise title challengers Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur dominated the PFA Premier League Team of the Year with four players each.

In addition to being named in the best eleven, Foxes striker Jamie Vardy was praised for scoring in a record-breaking 11 consecutive Premier League matches.

Tottenham's rising star Dele Alli was crowned PFA Young Player of the Year. His electrifying partnership with Kane has been a feature of the 2015/16 season.

Isobel Christiansen, of Manchester City, received the PFA Women’s Players' Player of the Year award, topping a list of nominees that included Beth Mead, Gemma Davison, Hedvig Lindahl and Ji So-Yun.

See Christiansen’s reaction in this interview with PFA TV.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal each had three players selected in the PFA Women’s Super League Team of the Year.

Sunderland’s Beth Mead said she "never expected" to receive the PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year award. Hear her full explanation in the interview below.

Football's rich history was also recognised on the night, with a tribute marking the 50th anniversary of England's 1966 World Cup victory, and one of the Premier League's greatest players, Ryan Giggs, picked up the PFA Merit Award.

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