IF THERE IS ONE THING AFRICAN IS KNOWN FOR, IT WILL BE ITS’ BREATHE TAKING HISTORY OF FOOTBALL. Overs the years, Africa has had its history of football which has kept people in the world on the edges of their seats each time some football iconic names are mentioned. In this write-up, we will be looking at the 10 greatest African footballers of all times starting from the highest in no particular order.
1) SAMUEL ETO’O (CAMEROON
Samuel Eto’o no doubt is our number one. For a fact, no African footballer from African soil can boast of being greater than Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o. Having played alongside Yaya Toure, he won four African Player of the Year awards, Olympic Gold in 2000 before helping Cameroon seal the AFCON title on two other occasions. He scored 130 goals for Barcelona where he won the treble in the 2008-2009 season. He bagged two UEFA Champions League titles for Barca scoring in both finals. He also won the UCL with Inter Milan in 2010 as well as the FIFA Club World Cup. He made both UEFA and FIFA Teams of the Year twice and was third in the 2005 edition of FIFA World’s best player award. He has a ton of individual awards to his name and played for a great number of top clubs. He’s truly the greatest.
2)GEORGE WEAH (LIBERIA)
George Weah sometimes referred to in football as King Weah, a Liberian politician and former professional footballer who is currently serving as the 25th President of Liberia, in office since 2018 is one of Africa’s greatest footballers of all times. Discovered by Arsene Wenger in 1988, George Weah was considered the prototype of the modern striker. According to research, though not scoring as much as some of his peers, Weah influenced the game by operating outside the penalty area and making life tougher for opposing defenders. He was most often lauded for his pace, stamina, tenacity, technical ability, and brilliant attacking instincts. He has a unique discovery history, has won awards such as the ballon d’Or in 1995. George Weah won the award in 1995 and won the France Football award twice, including the last award in 1994.
3)DIDIER DROGBA (IVORY COAST)
Born Didier Yves Drogba Tébily, Didier Drogba is an Ivorian retired professional player who played as a striker. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all times. Also, he was named African Footballer of the year twice winning the title in 2006 and 2009 respectively. In July 2004, Drogba moved to Premier League club Chelsea for a club-record £24 million fee, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history.
4) ROGER MILLA (CAMEROON)
In fourth place, we have Roger Milla of Cameroon. we can’t talk about football without paying attention to this football legend from Cameroon. Many said and still say he is the greatest African Player and that’s a valid argument. He was a beast when it came to football. Roger Milla netted 438 goals in 794 matches in his professional career. He won the African Player of the Year award twice and also won the Nation’s cup twice for Cameroon. He made World Cup all-star team and was the third-highest goalscorer in 1990. At 42, Milla became the oldest player ever to play in a World Cup final in 1994.
5)YAYA TOURE (IVORY COAST)
Ivory Coast has its place when it comes to listing the top 10 greatest African footballers of all time. Yaya Toure is a retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder and last played for the Chinese Super League club Qingdao Huanghai. He has awards such as African Player of the Year, CAF Africa’s Finest XI.
6) ABEDI PELE (GHANA)
Abedi Ayew known professionally as a famous African footballer is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and served as captain of the Ghana national football team. He is regarded as one of the greatest African footballers of all times as he played for several European clubs and found his fame in the French league with where he won the UEFA Champions League in 1993, among other titles. He is also widely considered as one of the greatest players of his generation. In five seasons at Les Olympiens, Ayew made a total of 147 appearances, scored 30 goals, and registered nine assists.
7) NWANKWO KANU (NIGERIA)
He is regarded as A LEGEND! Given his spectacular stricker skills in football, it is said won almost everything and is one of the few players to have won the UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, FA Cup, Olympic Gold medal, and UEFA Cup. He also won the Holland Eredivisie at Ajax thrice and was named African Player of the year twice. He is considered the greatest Nigerian player of all time and a legend for both Arsenal and Ajax as well as Portsmouth.
8) JAY-JAY OKOCHA (NIGERIA)
He could dribble an entire team and was a regular in all teams he played for. Nigeria’s football legend, JayJay Okocha, is on Africa’s list of greatest African football players. He won awards such as the African Cup of Nations and Olympic Gold with his nation and had numerous individual awards including two BBC African Player of the Year awards.
9)ESSAM EL-HADARY (EGYPT)
Did you know Egypt’s goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary is one of Africa’s football legends? Oh, now you just found out. Essam is definitely the greatest goalkeeper Africa produced as he won the African Cup of Nations on four occasions, no other player has more. He made the team of the tournament on three occasions and most especially kept a clean sheet in three AFCON finals. He won eight League titles with Al-Merreikh and Al-Ahly. He played 22 years for the Egypt national team, a national hero.
10) SEYDOU KEITA (MALI)
When mentioning all-time great players, Keita is an all-time great definitely. His achievement at the club level is unmatched by any African midfielder ever. Consistently he held on to a first-team spot in Pep Guardiola’s Barca regarded as the best football team of all time. Keita won three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, three Supercopa de Espana, and two Champions League, two UEFA Super Cups, and two Club World Cup titles during his time in Barcelona. He also won titles at Lorient and Sevilla and netted 78 goals from midfield.
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