It’s been a meteoric year for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, who started 2016 as a relatively unknown player hitting a fine vein of form and finished the 2015/16 campaign as a Premier League champion and the PFA Player of the Year.
17 Premier League goals and ten assists made him a legend for the Foxes and, despite plenty of interest in his services this summer, he stayed put at the King Power to feature for Claudio Ranieri’s side in their historic maiden campaign in the Champions League.
Now, Goal have ranked the Algerian as not only the best Premier League player in 2016 but also as the best midfielder in the world. Sat seventh in the rankings, only the stars of Real Madrid and Barcelona are ahead of him- which is testament to his exceptional rise.
The 25-year-old still has plenty of years ahead of him to reach the top and he’s likely to earn a lucrative mood to a top-side at some stage in 2017, though he’ll probably finish the campaign with Leicester rather than move on in January.