Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has said he isn’t concerned by comparisons with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The Algerian international moved from Leicester City last year and has earned his second Premier League title since making the switch.
The Reds pushed City all the way last season, and went on to win their sixth Champions League title, and Salah was a big part of that.
The Egyptian has been compared to Mahrez in the past – with the duo being the most exciting talents coming out of Africa last year.
The Algerian was asked about these comparisons, but he said he isn’t bothered. “I am not bothered at all [with comparisons with Salah],” he told Al Kass – via the Manchester Evening News.
“I hadn’t known Salah well before he came to the Premier League. That said the two seasons he played in England were exceptional.
“He deserves all what he achieved. Regarding the comparisons, I don’t follow what goes on the internet a lot. There are several Arab players playing for big clubs and it’s normal they get compared to each other and this is a good thing. I hope to see more Arab players in Europe.”
Now is a very exciting time for African football with some of the planet’s biggest stars now coming from the continent – something Riyad and Mo are a part of.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations will surely be one of the most watched tournaments in the world this year, alongside the Copa America, with some of the best players on display for their countries.