Man City have not been devoid of attacking options this season which has aided them to score 84 goals this season in the Premier League. Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and finally Kevin De Bruyne with 11 goals lead the City scorers charts.
While the Belgian has been receiving plaudits for his influential performances, Riyad Mahrez has perhaps gone under the radar this season. The Algerian boasts the second-best offensive numbers this season, scoring 11 times and assisting 5 times in the PL, just one assist behind KDB.
Mahrez is also City’s leading scorer in the Champions League this season, with 6 goals. His goals too much like KDB’s, have been crucial to City’s dominance in both the PL and the UCL. The Algerian stood out during the English side’s frantic game against Real Madrid and also created the all-important first goal for KDB to finish in just 2 minutes.
With direct impacts such as the assist against Madrid seen consistently from Mahrez, City fans would surely be loving his service for their club since arriving from Leicester City, perhaps even ahead of new arrivals such as Jack Grealish who is yet to adjust to new surroundings.
In contrast to his popularity amongst fans, it looks like the Algerian international is now facing troubles with his presence on social media as he revealed on Monday that he lost the verified status of his Twitter account.
Mahrez took to Twitter on Monday in a rather comical fashion as he was spotted by fans requesting the new owner of the social media platform, Elon Musk to return the verified status or the blue tick. “Bro @elonmusk give me my blue tick back 😂😂😂,” tweeted the City winger.
Why is a blue tick important on Twitter?
The “blue tick” symbol is a sign of Twitter success. The blue tick indicates that a user has been verified by Twitter. As such, the user is an important public figure or celebrity and they represent the company on their profile page. This is meant to provide reassurance to potential stars that they won’t get impersonated on the site, and it may increase their level of engagement.
Why the blue tick was missing on Mahrez’s account?
The reason behind the player–who has 3.2 million followers on the platform–losing the blue tick remains unknown at this point but could be due to one of two factors, as one Twitter user pointed out. Either this could be due to a software glitch or could be caused by Mahrez’s violation of Twitter’s terms of conduct. Another Twitter user pointed out that it could just be due to the Algerian international not paying the monthly $3 required to keep hold of the verified status for accounts.
Whatever the reason behind the loss of the verified account, Mahrez’s tweet to Elon Musk did the trick as the blue tick is now back in his account.