Riyad Mahrez Biography Facts, Childhood, Life, Net Worth

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Quick Facts

Full Name: Riyad Karim Mahrez
Nickname: The Algerian Jewel
Date of Birth / Age: February 21, 1991 (30 years)
Place of Birth: Sarcelles, France
Nationality: Algerian, French, Moroccan
Occupation: Football (Soccer) Player
Current Club / Team: Manchester City (#26),
Algerian National Team (#7)
Playing Position: Forward
Height: 5ft 10in (1.79m)
Weight: 60kg
Strong Foot: Left
Parents: Ahmed Mahrez (Father),
Halima Mahrez (Mother)
Children / Kids: Inaya Mahrez (daughter)
Net Worth: $8 million USD

Riyad Maharez, a professional Algerian footballer, was born on 21 February 1991. He currently plays in Manchester City’s Premier League as a winger and is also the captain of the Algerian National Team.

The African Nations Cup winner is a player who rose quickly to fame for his excellent technique and ball control. This biography details Riyad Mahrez’s childhood, career, net worth, and personal life.


Riyad Childhood/Early life & Family Background

Riyad Mahrez was the son of Ahmed Mahrez (Algerian) and Halima Mahrez (Moroccan) in Sarcelles (France). His elder brother Walid Mahrez and his sisters Innes Mahrez (Dounya Mahrez) are his only siblings. All of them grew up in a very rough area very close to Paris.

Sarcelles was a notorious drug dealer and violent criminal back then. Ahmed’s father was a former Footballer. He played for time in Algeria before moving to France. His son started to love the sport, and he was there for him.

His father would accompany him to training, as well as almost every game. He began playing for AAS Sarcelles in 2004. Riyad, then 15, lost Ahmed, his father, in 2006. He took football seriously after the tragic loss of his father.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez Professional Football Career & Awards

Quimper Kerfeunteun F.C. (2009-2010)

Mahrez was a member of Quimper, a 7th-tier club in France. As a teenager, Mahrez was extremely thin and his coaches thought he wouldn’t make it as an athlete. He was also not as fast or as strong as his peers. His technique was outstanding and he focused on improving it.

Le Havre AC (2010-2014)

He was rewarded for his hard work at Quimper with several offers from major clubs such as Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain. He was keen to improve his game, so he turned down the offers from Marseille and signed for Le Havre in France’s second division.

Mahrez had to climb up the ranks to make it to the Reserves team. Before Leicester City called, Mahrez scored six goals and played in 60 matches. Mahrez was dissatisfied with the Ligue 2 gameplay, where most teams were content to defend. Mahrez criticized the Ligue 2 and said that most teams were content to draw matches.

Leicester City (2014-2018).

His brother Walid, who is also his manager, mentioned Leicester City to him. He thought it was a Rugby Club, as Leicester was in the English Football League at that time.

His family was skeptical about his decision to go to England. They expected him to move to Spain, where the gameplay is more technical than physical. Mahrez rose to the occasion and moved to England to compete in the English 2nd-tier league. They impressed him, and he quickly settled in.

In the 79th minute, he made his debut for Leicester against Middlesbrough. They won the game 2-0. After scoring his first goal, the equalizer against Nottingham Forest, he was promoted to the starting team after playing a few matches as an alternate. After a decade of inactivity, Leicester won the championship title and was promoted to the premier league.

He scored his first Premier League goal against Burnley in October 2014.

He also played a significant role in Leicester’s 7-game winning streak to keep them in the Premier League. They have now won 7 of the last 9. He signed a new contract that kept him at the club for four more years.

In their first league match, he scored two goals against Sunderland. He had scored 17 league goals and assisted eight times, which helped him win Leicester their first ever Premier League trophy. He was also named Premier League’s Team Of The Year.

He was able to help Leicester reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League by renewing his contract. Mahrez already had interest from larger clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Manchester City.

He felt ready to accept a new challenge, so he made public his desire for a transfer. He stayed at the club for one more season, but the transfer did not happen.

Manchester City (2018-date)

In July 2018, Mahrez had signed for Manchester City for PS60 million. This made him Manchester City’s most valuable player and the most significant transfer fee that Leicester’s received for any single player. In Manchester City’s 6-0 win over Cardiff, Mahrez scored his first goal with a brace. He had already won his second Premier League title, the FA Cup, and Carabao trophy. He was also named the best player at the Carabao tournament.

Mahrez was named in the 23-man squad for the African Nations Cup. He was also appointed team captain. In the 5th minute, Mahrez scored a spectacular freekick to win a match against Nigeria. This put an end to a tense match and allowed them to reach the final. Algeria defeated Cameroon by 1-0 to win the tournament and become African Champions. This brought Mahrez’s total medal count to four in one season.

Riyad Mahrez Salary, Endorsements, Net Worth

Mahrez has an estimated net worth currently of $8 million. His endorsement deals with Nike, Pepsi, and others have boosted his net worth. His annual salary is currently PS10.4 Million Pounds.

Riyad Mahrez Families, Wives, and Personal Life

Mahrez married Rita Johal, an English girlfriend. They have two daughters. The younger was born in 2019, and the elder in 2015.

He is a devout Muslim who traveled to Macca in 2017 for his Pilgrimage.

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