Although most of the feathers go to big European and South American names, Africa is and is home to a huge crop of players who have made an impact in the beautiful football match.
Whether at club, national team or continental level, Africa is well represented in football. Talents such as Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Mohammed Salah currently dominate the English Premier League (EPL) with excellent statistics. Catch these and more African players on Kingscode.us where a good variety of markets are offered.
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Here are the best Afrikaans soccer players of all time:
Samuel Eto’o – Cameroon
No Afrikaans player matches what Samuel Eto’o achieved during his best time. At continental and national level, he has won four African Player of the Year awards, won Olympic gold for his country in 2000 and helped Cameroon win two African Cup of Nations (AFCON) titles. At club level, he has played for top clubs, including Barcelona, Chelsea and Inter Milan. He scored 130 goals for Barcelona, won a triplet with them in the 2008/09 season, and also won two UEFA Champions League with the Catalans. He also won another UEFA Champions League with Inter Milan, in addition to the FIFA Club World Cup.
George Weah – Liberia
He is the current president of Liberia. Yes, you got it right! Apart from leading his country, George Weah also led on the field after playing for top clubs such as Paris Saint Germain and AC Milan. He is the only African footballer to win the Ballon d’Or in 1995. In the same year, he also won the FIFA World Player of the Year. He scored more than 200 goals in his career, which helped PSG win its title in 1994 and also won two Serie A titles with AC Milan. He also won three awards for Afrikaans Player of the Year.
Didier Drogba – Ivory Coast
‘Drogbaaaaa’ was an iconic comment and you have no doubt that the ball would be in the back of the net. He needs no introduction. The former Chelsea man was a predator in the 18-year-old box. He counts as one of the deadliest EPL strikers in history with over 300 goals in his entire professional career. He won two African Player of the Year awards and at club level Drogba won one UEFA Champions League title, four EPL titles, three English League Cups and two Community Shields. To add to his collection, he won a gold boot from EPL and was named to the English Premier League team of the year twice.
Roger Milla – Cameroon
He is claimed by many to be the greatest Afrikaans football player of all time. However, this is a topic for another day. But he definitely deserves to be on the list. At the age of 42 he became the oldest player to play in the World Cup and in his best time he was able to achieve more than 430 professional career goals. He played for various clubs in his homeland and France. Roger won two awards for the Afrikaans Player of the Year, two AFCON titles for his country, and won it in 1990 to the World Cup star tea.
Special mention is: Jay-Jay Okocha, Yaya Toure, Nwankwo Kanu and Essam El-Hadary, who have also had successful careers and are among the leading African footballers of all time.