African nations have lost multiple FIFA World Cup winners to France, but one African superstar who snubbed the European country has now insisted that his goal at the Africa Cup of Nations is worth more than 1 000 World Cups with Les Bleus.
Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez was born in Sarcelles, France, to an Algerian father and a mother of Algerian and Moroccan descent.
He decided early on in his career, though, that he wanted to represent Algeria instead of his birth country, and was crucial in the Desert Foxes' AFCON win last year, scoring the vital 2-1 winner over Nigeria in the semi-final.
"My free-kick against Nigeria was worth more than one thousand World Cups with France," he told beIN SPORTS journalist Ismail Bouabdellah during an Instagram live chat.
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Mahrez was also asked about Olympique Lyon duo Houssem Aouar and 16-year-old Rayan Cherki, who are both of Algerian descent but yet to pledge their international allegiance.
"If Aouar wants to play for France, it's not a problem," Mahrez added.
"If he wants to play in Algeria with us, he is welcome. It's his choice, it's his career.
"Rayan Cherki, I haven't seen him play much. He is still too young to talk about his future in selection."
Mahrez has represented Algeria 57 times, scoring 15 goals and assisting a further 30 strikes along the way.
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