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Published February 15th, 2016 - 19:51 GMT

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This file photo taken on February 6, 2016 shows Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez celebrating scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 6, 2016. Leicester City have taken their place at the summit of the Premier League and in the impish Mahrez, a £400,000 bargain buy from Le Havre, they possess a figure who embodies the league's startling democratisation. Born in Sarcelles, an ethnically diverse northern suburb of Paris, to an Algerian father and Moroccan mother, Mahrez began his career with local club AAS Sarcelles and joined fourth-tier Quimper in 2009. Now his silky skills for Leicester have seen him steal the crown of 2014-2015's showboater in chief, Eden Hazard, and with his 14 goals and 10 assists so far this season he has put himself in contention to succeed the out-of-sorts Belgian as England's Player of the Year.

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Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 6, 2016.
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Image 1 of 3:  1 / 3Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 6, 2016.

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Qatar's Al-Sadd starting eleven pose for a team photo prior to the start of their AFC Champions League third round qualifying football match against UAE's Al-Jazeera club at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 9, 2016.
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Image 2 of 3:  2 / 3Qatar's Al-Sadd starting eleven pose for a team photo prior to the start of their AFC Champions League third round qualifying football match against UAE's Al-Jazeera club at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 9, 2016.

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UAE's Al-Jazeera starting eleven pose for a team photo prior to the start of their AFC Champions League third round qualifying football match against Qatar's Al-Sadd club at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 9, 2016.
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Image 3 of 3:  3 / 3UAE's Al-Jazeera starting eleven pose for a team photo prior to the start of their AFC Champions League third round qualifying football match against Qatar's Al-Sadd club at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 9, 2016.

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Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 6, 2016.

Image 1 of 3Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 6, 2016.

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Qatar's Al-Sadd starting eleven pose for a team photo prior to the start of their AFC Champions League third round qualifying football match against UAE's Al-Jazeera club at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 9, 2016.

Image 2 of 3Qatar's Al-Sadd starting eleven pose for a team photo prior to the start of their AFC Champions League third round qualifying football match against UAE's Al-Jazeera club at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 9, 2016.

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UAE's Al-Jazeera starting eleven pose for a team photo prior to the start of their AFC Champions League third round qualifying football match against Qatar's Al-Sadd club at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 9, 2016.

Image 3 of 3UAE's Al-Jazeera starting eleven pose for a team photo prior to the start of their AFC Champions League third round qualifying football match against Qatar's Al-Sadd club at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 9, 2016.

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