Riyad Karim Mahrez is an Algerian footballer who captains the Algerian national team and plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester City. He was born on 21st February 1991, in Sarcelles, France.
Mahrez began his career as a youth player with AAS Sarcelles in France. He began his professional career in 2009 with Quimper, where he spent only one season before moving to Le Havre. here, he plied his trade for three years, initially as a reserve player and subsequently as a first-team regular.
Mahrez joined Leicester City in January 2014, and during his debut season, he helped them win the Championship and gain promotion to the Premier League.
He was named Algerian Footballer of the Year, PFA Players’ Player of the Year, and a member of the Premier League PFA Team of the Year in the 2015–16 season, after he helped Leicester City win the Premier League. He joined Manchester City in 2018, and in his first season, he won the Premier League, FA Cup, and EFL Cup.
Mahrez, who was born in France, made his international debut for Algeria in 2014, playing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as 2015, 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, winning the latter in 2019. He was selected African Footballer of the Year by the CAF in 2016.
Mahrez confirmed his intention to quit Leicester City at the end of the 2016–17 season. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger expressed interest in signing Mahrez after the announcement, and Roma had a proposal for Mahrez rejected in July 2017. Despite his unclear future at the club, he spoke of his “concentration” in August 2017.
On August 31, the last day of the transfer market, the Algerian Football Federation announced that he had been authorized to leave the national team and go to Europe in order to complete a transfer to an interested club; nevertheless, the transfer did not go through.
In January 2018, he requested a transfer away from the club once more. Mahrez quit training at Leicester after a move to Manchester City fell through. Chris Sutton, a former player and commentator, chastised him for his actions. Mahrez blamed his colleagues for making “untrue assumptions” regarding his absence from the club but later praised them for their support.
Eventually, he made a move to Manchester City.
Riyad Mahrez has a net worth of $10 million. His current market value is estimated to be at £44 million. He is ranked 73rd in the world among all players. Riyad Mahrez has signed a contract with Manchester City that pays him a staggering £10,000,000 per year. He currently receives a weekly salary of £200,000.
Mahrez is a left-footed player who normally plays on the right-wing, where he can cut inside and shoot with his stronger foot, or make deliveries into the penalty area. It must be noted that he is a versatile player who can play anywhere across the front line, both in the centre and on either flank.
His trickery, balance, turn of pace, flare, and dribbling talents distinguish him as a quick, creative, and technically skilled player. Although he can score goals, it is his ability to create opportunities for his teammates that makes him one of the finest talents in the league.