FOOTIE star Riyad Mahrez has secretly married model Taylor Ward.
They dressed all in white for a Muslim ceremony known as the Nikah — signing a contract making them legally wed under Islamic law.
During the service, the couple repeated the word “qubool”, meaning “I accept”, three times.
Insiders said Algeria-born Manchester City ace Riyad, 30, and 23-year-old Taylor will have a second ceremony to make their union legal in the UK.
A source explained: “Riyad and Taylor are now legally married under Islamic law following their ceremony late last year.
“For them as a couple it was important to follow the traditions of his religion.
“The ceremony was short but sweet and has started them on their path to their second wedding which is very much going to be the main event. Taylor and Riyad are so excited and are very much in love.”
The Sun exclusively revealed that the pair got engaged in June last year after 16 months of dating.
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Riyad went down on one knee with a £400,000 ring during a holiday in Mykonos, Greece, with Taylor’s parents — Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Dawn, 47, and former footballer Ashley, 51.
They were joined by close friends for lunch and Riyad proposed after the meal.
Riyad and Taylor bought a £2million house in Cheshire together last year.
He was previously married for six years to the mother of his two daughters, Rita Johal, 29.
In February 2020 The Sun told how Riyad had called time on their marriage.
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