Riyad Mahrez has been a revelation this season and his efforts for Leicester City have seen him leap to the top of the Premier League Player of the Season debate.
The Algerian scored the only goal in the Foxes 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday to keep alive their title dreams.
And, in doing so, he entered an exclusive club that includes Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
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Mahrez has now scored 16 league goals, becoming the seventh player in Premier League history to reach the tally while not playing as a striker.
Paul Scholes never achieved that number. Nor did Ryan Giggs.
The other members of the group are Ronaldo, Bale, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Yaya Toure and Andrei Kanchelskis.
The stat was brought to our attention by FourFourTwo, who also add that Mahrez has been involved in an impressive 27 goals this season.
The 25-year-old was a £400,000 signing from Le Havre in 2014 and will go down as one of the best bargains of all time.
The winger has helped put Claudio Ranieri’s team on the brink of a sensational upset by winning the title.
They hold a five-point lead over Tottenham and, with seven games remaining, the thought of watching Wes Morgan lifting the trophy in May is becoming more and more likely.
Ranieri, as you might expect, has been eager to cool talk of Leicester achieving the unlikely.
"We aren't a team like United"
The popular Italian, who finished runners-up with Chelsea in 2003-04, said after the win over Palace, per the Daily Mail: “We have seven matches and it is not easy for us. We are Leicester. We aren’t a team like United, City, Chelsea. If they were five or eight point clear it would be finished. With us, no. We have to fight every match.
“Now we are in the Europa League and very close to achieving the Champions League, that is true. Our fans are singing about winning the league and that is fantastic but we have to stay calm and concentrate because the seven matches are open matches.
“We have to be focussed in our job. Some time ago I said we are at the last turn and now we are in the home straight. Yes, and now I want to see how the horses run to the line.
“To my players I say: ‘Everything is in our hands.’ We have to push. It’s not important the others. No-one is helping us. It’s normal. It’s sport. Then we have to do our job. Then if somebody go over us: ‘Well done.’ They are the champion. If not, we continue to fight.”
Having players who can now be mentioned in the same sentence as Cristiano Ronaldo will certainly help that fight.
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