Riyad Mahrez has revealed he considers tennis star Rafael Nadal as an inspiration to continue winning trophies as the Manchester City winger admitted it keeps pushing him to surpass his old achievements.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed a trophy-laden couple of years since making the switch from Leicester City in 2016 and has won multiple titles across competitions under Pep Guardiola. Mahrez acknowledged that he has virtually conquered every domestic honour, but added that Nadal - the joint all-time leader in men's Grand Slam triumphs - continues to inspire him to better himself.
"It's like Rafael Nadal," the Algeria international told YouTube channel Oui Hustle. "Once, he'd won 11 times at [home of the French Open] Roland Garros - and he was losing in the final of another tournament [in 2019].
"He said he heard a voice in his head saying "it's okay Rafa, you've already won 11". But no, he continues, even injured. He pushes and he wins. Those are the real champions. When you win, you have to win again or we'll say we're over. You have to surpass yourself all the time."
Mahrez also gave his views on Kylian Mbappe and the disappointment faced at Euro 2020, but believes the Paris Saint-Germain star will bounce back stronger. "Football is a constant challenge," he added. "We saw it with Mbappe. He won the World Cup three years ago. Then he missed a penalty. Everyone has fallen on him.
"Everything you did yesterday, they don't care, it is in the past. You have to look ahead. When you win, next year you have to come back and try to win again. This is the right mindset. and those who have are very successful."