The player profile of Saïd Benrahma, the West Ham United winger

The player profile of Saïd Benrahma, the West Ham United winger

Helix Odhiambo
January 17, 2024 at 7:08 AM
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Algeria's Saïd Benrahma is a famous figure in the Premier League and one of the Africans lighting up the league. He is known for his lethal right foot and dazzling skills. Benrahma plays as a left-winger or attacking midfielder for West Ham and the Algerian national team.

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Saïd Benrahma of West Ham United controls the ball during their Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Albion at London Stadium on 2 January 2024 in London, England. Photo: Sebastian Frej
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Benrahma is a versatile footballer nicknamed the "Algerian Messi" because of his unique skills. He began his career in Algeria before moving to France. The Algerian has won multiple accolades and earned millions through football. Here is all you need to know about Saïd Benrahma's childhood, family, career journey, and net worth.

Said Benrahma's profile summary

Full name

Mohamed Saïd Benrahma

Date of birth

10 August 1995


28 (as of January 2024)

Birth place

Aïn Témouchent, Algeria






1.72 m (5'8")


67 kg (148 lbs)



Hair colour


Eye colour



Left-winger, attacking midfielder


West Ham United, Algeria national team






$3.64 million (annually)

Net worth

$2 million

Social media

Instagram, X (Twitter)

Saïd Benrahma's biography

West Ham's Saïd Benrahma (age 28 as of January 2024) was born and raised in Aïn Témouchent, Algeria. He grew up in a wealthy family in Sidi Bel Abbes.

Benrahma's father, Mohamed, died in January 2020, and he even dedicated goals to him. His mother is still alive, but details of her name remain undisclosed.

Saïd Benrahma's biography
West Ham's winger Saïd Benrahma poses for a picture with his mother, who has always supported him in his career. Photo: @Football__Tweet, @WestHamUnited (modified by author)
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The Algerian Messi is the last born of seven children. He has six sisters and a brother. The family moved to France when Saïd was eleven years old.

How tall is Benrahma? The talented footballer is 1.72 m or 5 feet and 8 inches tall. He has an athletic body weighing 67 kg or 148 lbs. His hair and eyes are black.

Saïd Benrahma's career

Saïd Benrahma's stats
Saïd Benrahma (L) of Nice celebrates after scoring during their French L1 match against Rennes on 18 October 2015 at the Roazhon Park in Rennes. Photo: Jean-Sebastien Evrard
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The Algerian Messi began his football career at NRB Bethioua Academy in Algeria aged nine. His parents enrolled him in the academy and always supported him. Saïd joined Balma SC to advance his experience when the family moved to Toulouse, France.

Benrahma spent a year at Balma before moving to Colomiers in 2011. He later joined Nice in 2013 and quickly impressed the club's management with his skills. The right-footed winger made his professional debut with Nice in 2013.

Saïd served loan spells at Angers, Ajaccio and Chateauroux between 2016-2018, then joined Brentford in the Premier League.

Premier League career

West Ham's Saïd Benrahma
West Ham's Saïd Benrahma (R) celebrates with teammate Lucas Paqueta during their UEFA Europa League match against Olympiacos FC at London Stadium on 9 November 2023. Photo: James Gill
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Benrahma established himself as a promising young playmaker in England. He won Brentford's Goal of the Season award for an outstanding goal against Hull City in 2018-2019. Saïd later led Brentford to the 2020 Championship Play-Off final by scoring 17 goals and ten assists.

The North African superstar began attracting the interest of top clubs, including Leicester, Newcastle, Chelsea, and Leeds United. He joined West Ham United on loan in October 2020 and became a key team member under David Moyes.

Saïd helped the Hummers with the 2023 UEFA Europa Conference League. He scored the opening goal from the penalty spot as West Ham defeated ACF Fiorentina 2-1 to claim their first trophy in 43 years.

National team career

Benrahma debuted for the Algeria national team in a 1-0 win over Senegal in October 2015. He has played over 20 games, including starting in a 1-0 friendly win over Nigeria and appearing as a substitute in a 2-2 draw with Mexico in October 2020.

The West Ham winger will not play in the 2024 AFCON, which runs from 13 January to 11 February. According to reports, the decision came following Saïd's furious row with head coach Djamel Belmadi when he got substituted during the friendly with Egypt in October 2023.

Saïd Benrahma's stats and achievements

Saïd Benrahma's games
West Ham's Saïd Benrahma celebrates with the UEFA Europa Conference League trophy after beating ACF Fiorentina at Eden Arena on 7 June 2023 in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo: Jonathan Moscrop
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The Algerian Messi has enjoyed a remarkable career, scoring dozens of goals and providing assists. Here is a breakdown of Saïd Benrahma's games, goals, and assists per club from Transfermarkt stats as of January 2024.





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LB Châteauroux




OGC Nice




GFC Ajaccio




Angers SCO




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The Algerian star has also bagged multiple honours, solidifying himself among the best African footballers in the Premier League. His list of honours includes:

  • PFA Fans' Player of the Month (January 2020)
  • EFL Championship Player of the Month (July 2020)
  • Brentford Supporters' Player of the Year (2019-20)
  • Championship PFA Team of the Year (2019-20)

Saïd Benrahma's net worth and salary

How much does Benrahma get paid?
Saïd Benrahma of West Ham United arrives off the team bus ahead of their UEFA Europa League Group A match against Olympiacos FC at London Stadium on 9 November 2023. Photo: Ryan Pierse
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The talented winger has earned millions through salaries and bonuses, making him one of the wealthiest African footballers in the Premier League. Saïd has an estimated net worth of $2 million as of January 2024. He still has more years of football to play at his age, and he could see his wealth increase.

Saïd Benrahma's salary

How much does Benrahma get paid? Although the West Ham star is not among the best-paid footballers on the team's roster, he has a decent amount that affords him a luxury lifestyle. He earns an annual salary of around $3.64 million or $70,000 weekly.

Interesting facts about the Saïd Benrahma

The Algerian Messi is known for his football abilities like dribbling, scoring and assisting his teammates. His qualities have earned him comparisons to Argentine star Lionel Messi. Besides football, Benrahma has the other side of his life that many may not know. Discover top facts about him here.

Who is Saïd Benrahma's wife?

Saïd Benrahma's wife
The Algerian winger is reportedly dating British model Mya Mills. They have been together since 2023. Photo: @myamills, @saidbenrahma11 (modified by author)
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Benrahma is not married but is dating British fashion model and social media star Mya Mills. She was born on 19 May 2001 and is around six years younger than the West Ham footballer. Said Benrahma and Mya Mills have dated for quite a while and enjoy travelling together for vacations.

Mya reportedly dated UK Drill rapper Digga D (Rhys Angelo Emile Herbert), but the pair separated in early 2021. The model works with MUSE Agency and even collaborated with the Couture Club.

Saïd Benrahma's FIFA 23 rating

The right-footed winger has an overall rating in FIFA 23 of 78 with a potential of 78. He has got a 4-star skill-moves rating. His best stats are agility (85), dribbling (83), balance (83), and ball control (81).

Social media

The West Ham star is active on social media with millions of followers. Said Benrahma's Instagram has 2.4 million followers as of January 2024. His X (Twitter) account has 72.3k followers.

Final word

Saïd Benrahma has built a strong reputation in football, but his recent confrontation with the national team coach cost him a place in the 2024 AFCON. He remains one of the great talents to emerge from Algeria, with numerous teams lining up for his services in the January transfer window.

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Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.