Riyad Mahrez: Al Ahli Star’s Frank Conversation With His Wife After Leaving Man City

Riyad Mahrez: Al Ahli Star’s Frank Conversation With His Wife After Leaving Man City

Elijah Odetokun
February 24, 2024 at 10:01 AM
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  • Riyad Mahrez joined the moving Saudi Arabia train last summer
  • He left Manchester City after five years and joined Al-Ahli
  • The Algerian reflected on the move with his wife in a series

Riyad Mahrez’s looks do not give him away as a blunt person, but he actually is, going by the conversation he had with his wife about his move to Saudi Arabia.

Mahrez was one of the top European football stars poached by Saudi Arabia in a mass recruitment last summer when he joined Al-Ahli from Manchester City.

Riyad Mahrez, Al-Ahli, Al-Ittihad, Saudi Arabia.
Riyad Mahrez looks on prior to Al-Ahli playing against Al-Ittihad. Photo by Yasser Bakhsh.
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Per Goal, City received a fee of £30 million, and the winger will earn a whopping £45mil salary per annum after signing a four-year contract with the Jeddah-based club.

The move was difficult for the winger’s wife, Taylor Ward, due to a myriad of factors, but the footballer embraced it from the get-go.

Mahrez reflects on Saudi move

In a conversation on the Married to the Game documentary on Amazon Prime Video Sport, Mahrez and Ward were in a conversation about their first few months in the country.

While she was making a case for Manchester being her home and how the culture shock in the Middle East affects her social life, the Algerian was not fazed.

She claimed her husband will have 30 new friends in her new teammates while she will be sitting at home on her own, and the former Leicester City star said he is her only friend.

“God made it easier for me. I thought it was going to be more difficult than that, Taylor, to be fair,” he said.
“It’s part of the game, innit?” he added.

Per Daily Star, one of her biggest shocks was learning that only gents are allowed in the pool at the hotel where they lived.

Henderson explains decision to leave Saudi Arabia

Sports Brief reported on Henderson explaining why he left Saudi Arabia six months into his time at Al-Ettifaq after reportedly growing tired of life with the Arabian country and football.

The England international claimed his decision was for him and his family, and it was sad for him to leave Steven Gerrard’s side midway through a struggling season.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.