Riyad Mahrez, Said Benrahma Forced To Give Up Blonde Hair By Angry International Boss
Riyad Mahrez and Saïd Benrahma were forced to give up their blond hair for international service by Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi.
Manchester City and West Ham forwards sported the whitewashed look for the start of the Premier League season respectively.
Phil Foden popularized it this summer, but Mahrez had already donned it during his time at Leicester City, and Benrahma also had the cut during his days at Brentford.
But now the two have returned to their natural dark hair color in multiple images, apparently at the behest of their national team manager who has done the same in the past.
Belmadi, who a City fan or two may recall from a very brief loan spell in 2003, is not a fan of the dyed look at all.
According to Dzair Daily, the former Marseille and Southampton player wants his players “to sport a respectable, no-frills style” and “a look that reflects the traditions and customs of Algerian society”.
In the photos from the training sessions in Algeria, Mahrez and Benrahma can be seen fitting in with the rest of the team who all have black hair.
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It looks like the pair made the switch in anticipation of their manager’s reaction, as they’ve seen him suppress this before.
In 2018, their teammate Ilias Hassani showed up on the training ground with blonde locks. Belmadi demanded that his hair be changed.
The defender resumed training the next day with black hair and was cleared to participate.
One person responded on Twitter: “Not Mahrez and Benrahma changing their hair color to black lmaooo. I guess Belmadi is SO strict.”
“Lol belmadi told Mahrez and Benrahma to get their hair done or they wouldn’t play,” said another.
The two are now in contention to start the World Cup qualifiers against Djibouti and Burkina Faso during the international break.