Pep Guardiola paid tribute to Riyad Mahrez after he fired Manchester City into the final of the Champions League.
The former Leicester City ace scored twice as Guardiola’s side beat Paris Saint-German in the last four of the competition.
Mahrez’s brace gave Man City a 2-0 win in Tuesday night’s semi-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium, sending them through 4-1 on aggregate.
They will now face either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on May 29.
Mahrez was also on target in the first leg against PSG, as well as in the previous round as Man City saw off Borussia Dortmund.
The Algerian winger is also set to win another Premier League title, with the Manchester club on the verge of being crowned champions.
Guardiola hailed Mahrez in his post-match press conference, saying: “Riyad is an extraordinary player – big talent, huge quality, especially in the big games he is always ready.
“We know his quality quite well. He is a fantastic player.
“The players in these stages are judged how they behave in the biggest scenarios, the big tests.
“He loves it and enjoys it. He made a good goal, the first one with right foot and the finish for the second.
“Three goals over the tie, he deserves big compliments.”
These comments will be echoed by many Leicester fans who saw what Mahrez can do at close quarters during his time at the club.
After joining the Foxes as an unknown from French side Le Havre for around ?400,000 in 2014, he went on to play a key role in the remarkable Premier League title-winning season.
Mahrez eventually left the King Power Stadium to join Man City in 2018 for a fee of ?60million – with the Leicester faithful still keeping a close eye on his progress.
In a team full of stars, it is not always easy to stand out, but the 30-year-old has certainly been doing that of late.