Jamie Carragher likens Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez to Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has been instrumental this season.

Jamie Carragher defender says Riyad Mahrez’s key contributions for Leicester City in their recent win over Chelsea was reminiscent of the sublime play so often produced by Lionel Messi, the Daily Mail report.

The Foxes kept up their astonishing run of form by beating Chelsea 2-1 last Monday, with goals coming from the Premier League’s most potent duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

The latter has 11 goals and seven assists in 14 league matches this season, and his latest contributions left Carragher gushing as he likened the Algerian to the world’s best player.

“What Mahrez did on Monday, ghosting inside before threading a pass like the one that created Jamie Vardy's opening goal — or his own brilliant strike — was reminiscent of what we have seen from Lionel Messi over the years, cutting in from the right on to his left foot,” Carragher said.

Many have documented the rapid rise of Jamir Vardy and signalled how the England international is a real success story, yet the same could be applied to Mahrez.

The 24-year-old was on the books of French minnows Quimper only five years ago, an amateur team which currently plies its trade in group D of France’s fourth tier.

The former Le Havre man cost the Foxes a pittance and his contributions for the club have been massive, helping them win promotion, then survive against all odds and now challenge at the top of the table.

While it’s perhaps a little farfetched to start suggesting Mahrez could reach Messi’s superstar status, a continuation of his spectacular form will have the big clubs sniffing come next May.

Leicester travel to Everton this weekend where they will face another big test of their credentials.

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