According to an announcement by the Premier League outfit, Riyad Mahrez has finalized his transfer from Manchester City to Al-Ahli.
Riyad Mahrez is an Algerian winger who has won Premier League titles with Leicester City and Manchester City, as well as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with his country.
He left the club in July 2023 and joined Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli for a fee believed to be £30million.
Mahrez was born in France, but chose to represent Algeria internationally. He was born to an Algerian father and a mother of French and Moroccan descent. He won the Africa Cup of Nations title as captain of the country.
Riyad Mahrez and Leicester City
Mahrez moved to Leicester City from Le Havre in January 2014. He caught the eye of Leicester City scout Steve Walsh while Walsh was scouting his team-mate, Ryan Mendes. He signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Leicester, who were playing in the English Championship at the time.
Nigel Pearson was Mahrez's first manager at Leicester and in his fourth league substitute appearance, the Algerian scored in a 2-2 draw against local rivals Nottingham Forest.
Leicester stunned the experts, bookmakers and supporters alike as they beat Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to the Premier League title.
Mahrez became the first African footballer to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year prize for his exploits in 2015/16. He signed a new four-year contract with Leicester in August 2016, but the lure of life at Manchester City proved too strong.
After making his intention to leave clear throughout the 2017/18 season, Mahrez was eventually granted his wish. He had been criticised by former player Chris Sutton among others for his behaviour leading up to his transfer, but he insisted that criticism of him was misguided.
Moving to Man City
Mahrez was confirmed as a Manchester City player on 10 July 2018 for a reported fee of £60million ($81.5million).
He signed a five-year deal and became a club record signing. Rodri broke that record the following year when City paid a reported £64million ($87million) to prise the midfielder away from Atletico Madrid.
He scored seven Premier League goals in his first season with Manchester City and 11 in his second, but Pep Guardiola's charges were unable to defend their title in 2019/20.
In 2020/21, Mahrez scored his first hat-trick for his club in a 5-0 home win over Burnley to end another inconsistent spell of form. He went on to lift the Premier League and the EFL Cup that season, but was part of the side that lost in the 2021 Champions League final to Chelsea.
Mahrez collected his fifth Premier League trophy, his second FA Cup and a Champions League winning medal in the 2022/23 season. He was a key member of Guardiola’s squad but was not always first choice, and was an unused substitute in both Champions League and FA Cup finals.
City agreed a fee understood to be worth up to £30million with Al-Ahli for the 32-year-old.
Riyad Mahrez and Algeria
The highlight of Mahrez's international career was winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt with Algeria, having been appointed captain by coach Djamel Belmadi.
Mahrez is a practising Muslim and has a daughter with Rita Johal, who he married in 2015.
2020 was an eventful year in the life of Riyad Mahrez for other reasons too. He tested positive for Covid-19 and his Manchester penthouse apartment was burgled, seeing him lose hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of valuables.
Mahrez is reportedly expected to earn a £45m per year at Al-Ahli, which is roughly £865,000 per week.