Glory in the final … Mahrez’s only way to get the Ballon d’Or
Riyad Mahrez is playing the first European final in his credit, with his English team Manchester City, when his team faces Chelsea in a meeting that seems exciting given the results of direct confrontations between the two teams during previous matches in which the competition was strongly present. The final will be very important for the Arab star, who aspires to be the second Algerian player to win the title after Rabah Majer, but the gains made from this match will exceed what his compatriot reaped years ago. In fact, Mahrez contributed a great deal to the arrival of his team to the historic final, especially as he was the semi-final champion when he scored two goals in the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain, after he scored a goal in the first-leg match at the Princes Park in Paris. The Algerian star was the most important number for his team in this edition thanks to his goals and passes, but he now has to think about himself, for the final European season match will be the last big date for Mahrez in order to score points in the struggle to get the Golden Ball, for the best player of the year 2021. And after his contribution to crowning his team in the Premier League, obtaining the Champions League will place Mahrez in a position of strength compared to the rest of the players, especially since this competition has a great impact in tipping the scales of a player at the expense of another. Also, the final match will be the last big date, this season at a time when Mbabi will play the Euro competitions as well as Karim Benzema, especially since most of the stars nominated for the award will participate in major tournaments with their national teams, which gives them an advantage over Riyad Mahrez. During a previous interview with a French channel, Mahrez indicated that he is not thinking about the Golden Ball now, and that he is busy ending the season in the best possible way with his team in various competitions, but this does not mean that he does not seek to obtain the best individual coronation for any player. It is necessary for Mahrez to benefit from the points he has earned in his balance throughout the current season, and to raise the challenge high by winning the Champions League, as it is the last chance to be on the final list.