Four years ago – almost to the day – City secured the signing of Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez.
The midfielder had captured the attention of the footballing world, having starred for Leicester City in their 2015/16 Premier League title-winning campaign.
Since swapping the Midlands for Manchester, he has lit up the Etihad Stadium time and time again, netting some of the most important goals in the Club’s recent history.
He has made 189 appearances in the sky-blue shirt, scoring 63 goals and crafting 45 assists, helping Pep Guardiola’s side to three Premier League crowns, three League Cups and an FA Cup. He also played a key role as we booked our place in the Champions League final for the first time.
In celebration of his new deal, which keeps him at the Club until June 2025, we analyse some of our number 26’s superb stats...
Mahrez completed City’s 2021/22 Premier League-winning season as the Club’s leading marksman with 24 strikes in all competitions – his best return.
Each year, he challenges himself to better his stats from the previous campaign and he certainly stood up to the task with an evident hunger to match his quality and composure.
Quick and skilful with an excellent finishing ability, he was pivotal in our eighth English title success, scoring 11 goals and creating five assists in 28 appearances.
Shortlisted for the Player of the Season prize, he was narrowly beaten out by Kevin De Bruyne, having also made the final shortlist in 2019/20 and 2020/21.
After marking his debut season with an astonishing four domestic trophies, he has flourished under Guardiola’s stewardship to become one of our most important creative players, ending the season among our top five goalscorers every year since – both in the Premier League and in all competitions.
Naturally, he also ranks highly in our assists standings with 43 in total, lifting his tally of goal involvements to an impressive 106, which averages out as a goal or assist every 116.5 minutes.
One of brightest creative sparks, he has crafted 301 chances, including 65 ‘big chances’, and showcased his outstanding dribbling ability with 244 dribbles completed and an average success rate of 52.3%.
At his best, he is simply unplayable and a nightmare for any defender in any competition around the world.
Minutes played: 2.931'
Minutes per goal: 122'
Minutes played: 1.491'
Minutes per goal: 136'
Minutes played: 3.446'
Minutes per goal: 246’
Minutes played: 1.955'
Minutes per goal: 217’
Minutes played: 3.149'
Minutes per goal: 242’
Minutes played: 1.940'
Minutes per goal: 176’
Minutes played: 2.551'
Minutes per goal: 213’
Minutes played: 1.339'
Minutes per goal: 191’