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For over a year now, Riyad Mahrez's reputation has been on an almost relentless upward curve. 

After a couple of seasons with Leicester in which he failed to grab too many headlines, the Algerian midfielder enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2015-16 as he spearheaded the Foxes' shock run to the Premier League title.                      

And, away from club football on international duty this weekend, the reigning Premier League Player of the Year has only enhanced his reputation further this evening with a truly stunning free kick in Algeria's game against Lesotho.

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As the creative lynchpin of Claudio Ranieri's Leicester team last season, Mahrez made a name for himself as something of a set piece specialist.

And his effort for his country on Sunday will have fans of the Premier League champions expecting the net to bulge every time he steps up from distance moving forward.

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Although Lesotho, ranked 146th in the world, might not have provided the stiffest opposition for Mahrez, even Manuel Neuer or Gigi Buffon would have struggled to keep his free kick out this evening.

Mahrez's talent wasn't restricted to set-pieces in the African Cup of Nations qualifier either. Indeed, the Leicester star had a hand in another of Algeria's goals on the night too - his famous fast feet winning a penalty later on...

With Algeria currently cruising to a 5-0 win over Lesotho at the time of writing, Leicester City fans will just be hoping Mahrez can complete the game and return to England fully fit after his goal-scoring exploits.

The reigning champions have, so far, picked up four points from their opening three Premier League fixtures and face a tough challenge against Liverpool on September 10.

If they are to stand a chance at Anfield, they will need their diminutive midfielder on peak form. Jurgen Klopp and co., meanwhile, will just be hoping not to concede any free kicks within scoring range.

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