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Shadi Riyad outperforms the giant defenders in European leagues


Real Betis Spanish and Moroccan international defender Shadi Riad (20 years old) ranked second on the list of the best young defenders, in the five major European leagues for the current season (2023-2024), in terms of winning ground duels with opponent players.

According to the latest update from the indicators of the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES), Riyad comes in second place in the list led by promising English defender Jarrell Quansah from Liverpool, with a success rate in winning duels of 78.6% compared to 77.7% for Riyad.

Riyad is active with Real Betis on loan from Barcelona until the end of the current season, with a purchase option clause at the end of the loan period.

Riyad has proven his quality with the Andalusian team, having played 28 matches this season in all tournaments, and has become a key piece for Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini, where he formed a strong defensive duo with Argentine Germán Batzella at Benito Villamarín Stadium.

Shadi Riyad is second in Europe to win the doubles

The list is limited to winning ground balls for defenders under the age of 23 in the five major leagues, and Riyad has outperformed promising players from leading teams such as Barcelona defender Pau Cobarci, and the brilliant Frenchman Castillo Luqueba from German Leipzig.

The best young defenders in duos in the major European leagues 2023-2024
player nationality a team Winning duels
Jarrell Quansah English Liverpool 78.6%
Shadi Riyad Moroccan Real Betis 77.7%
Etin Kenkoyeh Cameroonian Lohafer 76.3%
Jarrad Branthwaite English Everton 76%
Chris Mosquera Colombian Valencia 75.6%
Mika Marmol Spanish Las Palmas 73.6%
Chris Matsima French Claremont 72.1%
Castillo Lokiba French Leipzig 71.8%
Lenny Euro French night 70.8%
Bau Kobarsi Spanish Barcelona 70.8%
Moroccan Shadi Riad, Spanish Real Betis player (Getty)

In addition to Riyad’s strong season, there were conflicting reports about his future. Media outlets loyal to Barcelona reported that the club was considering reclaiming him from Real Betis, while sources close to the Andalusian club circles said that Betis would activate the final purchase contract.

Moroccan defender He said in statements to the press a few days ago about his future: “My current focus is on finishing the season in the best possible position in the Spanish League with my team. Returning to Barcelona? No one has contacted me… I am comfortable here and perhaps things will change in the coming weeks.”

Moroccan Shadi Riyad, defender of the Spanish team Barcelona, ​​loaned to Real Betis (X: DM Sport)

It is worth noting that if Real Betis activates Shadi Riyad’s purchase clause permanently, Barcelona will have to pay 7 million euros if it wants to regain the player again, as the club will be required to quickly resolve its position on the player before Betis activates the purchase clause.

The player’s marketing value jumped from 500,000 euros at the beginning of the season to 6 million euros at the present time.

Shadi Riyad is preparing for the 2024 Olympics

Riyad is preparing to participate with the Moroccan Olympic team in the football competitions at the Summer Olympics in Paris 2024, where the Atlas Lions were drawn in the second group with the teams of Iraq, Argentina and Ukraine.



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