Even some of the most hardcore football fans will have to admit that even they hadn’t heard of Riyad Mahrez before the start of this season.
Despite signing for Leicester back in 2014 and playing the entire campaign last season during the Foxes’ great escape from relegation, the Algerian went relatively unnoticed.
Just four goals in 30 league Premier League appearances last term meant that the winger went into this season as a bit of an unknown quantity.
But 14 goals and 11 assists in the opening seven months of this season has meant that the footballing world is now well aware of Mahrez and his talents.
The same could be said about his club. Leicester survived relegation miraculously this season and have experienced an incredible year by going from preparing for the Championship to preparing for the Champions League.
The club were 20th as late as April last year but, after winning seven out of their final nine matches, they ended in 14th.
They have continued that brilliant form into this season, losing just three times from their 28 matches.
Even media outlets in other European nations have jumped onto the Leicester bandwagon, with them getting back page coverage in various countries.
And Mahrez, himself, admits that two years ago he hadn’t even heard of the club he is now top of the Premier League with now.
“I didn’t know Leicester. In France we didn’t really [know them] because they were in the Championship,” he admitted to FourFourTwo.
“I thought they were a rugby club. I was like: ‘I don’t know…’”
The 25-year-old was signed by former Leicester manager, Nigel Pearson, from Le Havre for just £350,000 and has become a fan favourite at the King Power stadium.
His incredible performances, alongside with striker Jamie Vardy, have given the club a fantastic chance to win the title come May.
Mahrez’s side are three points clear of Tottenham in second place, with just ten matches remaining - although Spurs do have a game in hand.
Can they win it?
Mahrez believes that the club’s amazing campaign is down to confidence and is convinced they can finish off their fairytale story.
"This is Leicester's best season ever and we just need to keep going," Mahrez added.
"We have the quality and we have the confidence, then when you start winning games you gain even more confidence. That's how football goes.”
Ranieri has admitted that his star man could be allowed to leave the club if he wishes.
"We want to keep all our players. We believe in them. But if a player comes to me and says: 'Boss, I want to go there because it's my ambition to go there.' I'll say: 'Go and enjoy and have good luck,” the Italian said.
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