And Porto may be a good problem for Mehrez, as his former legendary compatriot, Rabah Majer, had won the Champions League in 1987 when he led Porto to victory in the final match at the expense of the Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich, with two goals to one.
And if at that time, he was denied the Golden Ball for the best player in the world, considering that the award at the time was only given to players who had European nationality, then Mahrez may be the first Arab player to win after he played an important role in getting Manchester City to The final of the dear European championship for the first time in the history of the English-Iraqi club.
Mahrez had also contributed to the victory of the “heavenly team” in winning the English Premier League and League Cup championships, and therefore in the event of winning the two-eared cup, the star of the Desert Warriors team would be a strong candidate for winning the Golden Ball and his teammate in the Belgian star team might compete in that Kevin De Bruyne.
The award granted by “France Football” magazine had withheld the award last season, citing the circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic that affected the European championships, which angered the fans of the Polish star, Robert Lewandonski, who led Bayern Munich to a historic hex of winning the German League, German Cup and Cup. Domestic Super, the European Champions League and European Super Cup, in addition to the World Club Cup.
In recent statements made by Mahrez, he confirmed that winning the Ballon d’Or does not occupy his mind at present, indicating that his interest is more focused on achieving the Champions League title, to be the first title achieved by his team, “Man City”, and to repeat his historic achievement when he led his former team Leicester City. To win the Premier League for the first time in 2016, and the Algerian national team striker won the Best Player award in the Premier League.
When asked if he aspires to repeat what his compatriot Rabah Majer did in the Champions Final with Porto, he said, “No, I just want to win, this is my goal.”
“I do not like to talk about myself much, I let people put me in the history of Algerian football,” he continued, responding to the comparison with Majer. “Madjer is a great myth for us.”
As for his future and what he thinks about his football career, he replied, “I feel good at Manchester City, I have no desire to look elsewhere.”
And he added, “I do not know what will happen in the future, but I want to stay where I am, end my career in Marseille? No, I want to end my career in England with Manchester City, I do not think otherwise,” according to the “Goal” sports site.