Riyad Mahrez’s sensational year has been capped off by his inclusion in Goal’s list of the top 50 players in the world.
The Leicester City star, who won the PFA Player of the Year award for his heroics last season, was ranked seventh on the list,
That’s one spot behind Neymar and three behind Lionel Messi. Not bad for someone who was a Ligue 2 player in 2014.
There were rumours in the summer that Mahrez would depart the King Power Stadium for a club with a higher profile. And we’re not just talking about Liverpool or Tottenham, we’re talking Real Madrid and Barcelona.
But unlike N’Golo Kante, the Algerian opted to continue Leicester’s remarkable journey.
And while the Foxes aren’t repeating last season’s success in the Premier League, they’re crushing it in their European adventure.
Claudio Ranieri’s team has won three of their four matches and are in pole position in Group G. They’re yet to concede a Champions League goal.
Messi at Leicester?
After collecting his Goal50 award, Mahrez was asked to name one player he’d love Leicester to sign. He went with a pretty obvious choice, Lionel Messi, but explained why it might not be all that good.
“I would say Messi but he will take my place!”
We’re pretty certain Ranieri would find a place for both players in his team.
Ranieri is number one
Mahrez spoke highly of his manager, too, going so far as to call the Italian the best manager in the Premier League.
“In England, [the No.1] is our manager and, in the world, I would say Zidane because he won the Champions League,” he added.