Riyad Mahrez secretly marries model partner – but require second ceremony

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has secretly married his model partner Taylor Ward, according to reports.

The 30-year-old winger married 23-year-old Taylor in a private Muslim ceremony known as the Nikah, where they signed a contract legally marrying them under Islamic law.

The Sun claim the ceremony was held late last year, with Mahrez wearing a white suit and Taylor opting for a white dress as the couple repeated the word “qubool” three times, meaning “I accept”.

And sources close to the pair say they are expected to have a second 'main event' ceremony which will make their union legal in the UK.

A source said: “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.”

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Mahrez and Ward confirmed their engagement in June last year during their holiday to Mykonos, Greece.

The Man City sensation proposed with a £400,000 ring after 16 months of dating.

They were joined by friends for lunch as well as Taylor’s parents, Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn, 47, and ex-footballer Ashley, 51.

It followed the couple’s decision to buy a £2million house together in Cheshire last year, with Mahrez ending his previous marriage to Rita Johal back in February 2020.

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