The exodus in top football to Saudi Arabia continues.
Riyad Mahrez is yet another top footballer to cross over to the Middle East. The Algerian leaves Manchester City after 5 successful years and signs with Al-Ahli for 4 years. He will play together with Roberto Firmino and Edouard Mendy, among others.
Mahrez arrived at Leicester City from Le Havre in January 2014 for just €500,000. He immediately won the second division title and co-wrote the ultimate fairy tale in the 2015/16 season.
Leicester City won against all odds in the Premier League, Mahrez was a star and was voted player of the year. He stayed at Leicester for a few more years before making a dream transfer to Manchester City in 2018.
In Manchester, Mahrez became a strong link in Pep Guardiola’s gears. With City he won the Premier League 4 times and the FA Cup 2 times.
Mahrez was also successful with Algeria, as captain he led his country to the final victory in the 2019 Africa Cup. The best moment for him was the semi-final, when he kicked Algeria to the final with a free kick deep in extra time.
However, the main bird shot Mahrez in June: Manchester City won the Champions League for the first time. However, Mahrez played only 11 minutes since the quarter-finals and did not come off the bench in the final.
The ever-decreasing number of playing minutes got Mahrez thinking and eventually he decided to accept Al-Ahli’s Saudi offer.
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