In Sarcelles, the city where Riyad grew up, football is a whole other discipline; a totally different game from what's seen on TV. In fact, it's not only played on grass but a whole host of bumpy surfaces, where the result is only incidental.
On that kind of turf, only the technique matters. So let's see who'll be roasted with devastating cuts and swaying dribbles.
Trying to avoid humiliation, Mahrez has scoured the pitches of his neighbourhood, working tirelessly on each and every one of his moves. Always faster, always more elusive, always more precise.
This is precisely what the Algerian athlete is doing on the pitches of the Premier League.
Through the testimonies of those who know him best, we retrace his brilliant path and discover how he revealed his Phantom.