Riyad Mahrez practicing Beach Football

RiyadMahrez was incredibly told to try his hand at beach football by his former club in French football.

The Algerian winger has been a major factor in Leicester City topping the Premier League as of now. There is a good chance of Leicester being crowned as the league champions to mark an incredible campaign in the history of English football. The 25-year-old was brought to the club for around £ 400,000 from Le Havre. Le Havre’s academy head Johann Louvel says that he once told the 25-year-old to start thinking about Beach football since he lacked the professionalism required for top-level football.

Jamie Vardy may have grabbed all the headlines in the first half of the campaign, butMahrez has been a very consistent performer as well. He has already scored 15 goals in the league while also assisting a further 11. These are statistics that could see him in contention for the PFA Player of the Year award. It is incredible to know thatMahrez cost such a little amount of money only back in 2014. At this stage last season, the club were in the relegation zone and ended up staying in the league thanks to an amazing run in the final 10 games.

“Riyad lacked rigour and discipline.” he told J Campbell. “He had grown up playing street football, and he was annoying at times.I told him: ‘If you want to be a proper professional one day, stop thinking you are at the beach!’“He needed to step up a level and we impressed upon him the need not to take the easy option.He had the typical two sides to a talented kid who had kept the freshness of beach or street football, but who lacked the work ethic needed to be a pro,” said Louvel about his former player.