Tricky Algerian playmaker

Riyad Mahrez swapped the Midlands for Manchester when he joined Manchester City in July 2018.

The 27-year-old signed a contract until 2023 after starring for the Leicester City that won the Premier League in 2016.

He did the same at City in his debut season, whilst adding Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Community Shield medals to his collection, and contributed 12 goals and 12 assists across the campaign.

French-born, Mahrez career began at Le Havre, where he made 67 appearances over a three-year period.

He signed for Leicester in 2013 and helped them win promotion to the Premier League by the end of his first season.

After finishing the 2014/15 season strongly to stave of relegation, Leicester won the title comfortably despite starting the season as 5000-1 outsiders.

And Mahrez was the star man.

He scored 17 times in the league and provided 10 assists to be named PFA Players’ Player of the Year and also won African Player of the Year and BBC African Player of the Year for his efforts.

He gained Champions League experience in the season that followed and ended his time with the Foxes after 179 games and 48 goals.

He made his City debut in the opening day win against Arsenal in August 2018 and scored his first goal in the 5-0 win over Cardiff City in September.

With the Premier League not decided until the final day, Mahrez scored the crucial third goal against Brighton – a fierce drive into the top corner – as City edged Liverpool into second place.

Mahrez was a pivotal figure again in his second season at the Club making 50 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals and helping City retain the Carabao Cup.




Date of birth
21 February 1991
Sarcelles, France
Joined City
10 July 2018

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