While most of the focus is on the big European stars, it cannot be denied that there are and are many African talents who have played the beautiful game of football. Africa has also produced some real football legends. The ten greatest African footballers of all time are discussed below.
7. SEYDOU KEITA (MALI)
Keita is arguably the greatest football player of all time. At club level, he has accomplished more than any other African midfielder in history. Keita was a consistent first-team player for Pep Guardiola's Barcelona, widely regarded as the greatest football team of all time. During his time in Barcelona, Keita won three La Liga crowns, two Copa del Reys, three Supercopa de Espanas, two Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups. He also played for Lorient and Sevilla and scored 78 goals as a midfielder.
6. JAY-JAY OKOCHA (NIGERIA)
When it comes to pure intelligence and deception, no one can compare to Jay-Jay; mentioned twice. He could dribble an entire team and was a regular on all the teams he played for. He has won other individual awards with his country, including the Africa Cup of Nations and Olympic Gold, as well as two BBC African Player of the Year awards.
5. Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria)
This player is one of the few players in history to have won the UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, FA Cup, Olympic Gold Medal and UEFA Cup. He also won the Dutch Eredivisie three times with Ajax and was named African Player of the Year twice. The greatest Nigerian player of all time and a legend for Arsenal, Ajax and Portsmouth.
4. PEDESTRIAN TOUR (Ivory Coast)
Yaya Toure does not require much explanation. The midfielder's versatility allowed him to shine in any position on the field, which helped him achieve success at the highest level. Arguably the best midfielder in Africa. He earned everything he needed to win at Barcelona before joining Man City, where he played a key role in winning the Premier League. His strength, vision and goal-scoring instinct are unrivaled. Highest paid player, with four African Player of the Year awards.
3. DIDIER DROGBA (IVORY COAST)
One of the best forwards in Premier League history and a Chelsea legend. He has been named African Player of the Year twice and has made an incredible top three eight times. During his professional career, Drogba has scored more than 300 goals and won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three English League Cups, two Community Shields and a UEFA Champions League. He also won the Premier League golden shoe.
2. GEORGE WEAH (LIBERIA)
After winning both the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995, he is the only African player to do so. He was named African Player of the Year three times. After helping PSG win the league title in 1994, he won two Serie A titles, most successful with AC Milan. In his professional career, Weah scored more than 200 goals. He is currently the President of Liberia and a great national hero.
1. SAMUEL ETO'O
There's no denying that he's number one. No African footballer can claim to be bigger than Cameroon star Samuel Eto'o. He shared four African Player of the Year awards with Yaya Toure. He won Olympic gold in 2000 and twice helped Cameroon win the African Cup of Nations. In the 2008-2009 season, he scored 130 goals for Barcelona and won the trio. He helped Barca win two UEFA Champions League titles by scoring in both finals. In 2010, he won the UCL and FIFA Club World Cup with Inter Milan. He was named to the UEFA and FIFA Teams of the Year twice, and finished third in the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year award.
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