Mahrez joins Drogba and Kanu in exclusive club after reaching Premier League half-century

Thanks to his goal against the Clarets, the Algerian becomes the ninth African to score at least 50 goals in the English top-flight
Thanks to his goal against the Clarets, the Algerian becomes the ninth African to score at least 50 goals in the English top-flight

Riyad Mahrez has become the first Algerian and the ninth different African to score at least 50 goals in the English Premier League.

The Algeria international was on target as Manchester City defeated Burnley 4-1 in Tuesday’s English top-flight encounter at Turf Moor.

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Mahrez was making his 38th appearance for the Citizens in the competition, and he marked the occasion with the visitors’ fourth goal during a commendable display.

With that, he has now netted his 50th Premier League goal, with the half-century reached in 177 appearances.

Of that half-century, the former African Player of the Year scored 39 goals as a Leicester City player, with the remaining 11 for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Efan Ekoku, Yaya Toure, Nwankwo Kanu, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are the other Africans to reach this mark.

Having joined this revered club, he would be hoping to become the second African after Drogba to reach a century.

The Manchester derby is up next for City at the Etihad Stadium and the 28-year-old is expected to play a key role.

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