The black continent called Africa has always been a source of creativity, talent and competitiveness when it comes to the most popular sport in the world. The continent has been able to produce legendary football players who have shined at the most famous stadiums in the world.
Here are names of Africans that would forever be remembered in the history of football in the world.
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
Samuel Eto’o remains on top of Africa’s best players list, who had a great, glorious career winning very prestigious football titles. With FC Barcelona, he was able to win three times in the Spanish league. He also won the European league of champions with the same Catalan team. Besides, Eto’o was twice the African Cup champion with his national team, Cameroon, in 2000 and 2002. In 2010, he was able to add another UEFA Champions League title, but this time with the legendary Inter Milan. Samuel got four African Golden Balls, and was also named the Best Number 9 Player of all time at FC Barcelona.
George Weah (Liberia)
Regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time and one of the best forwards of his generation, Georges Weah is one of the most successful African players in the history of the game. He was selected by the African Football Confederation as Africa’s best footballer in 1989, 1994, and 1995. The Liberian player was at the top of his glory in 1995 when he was awarded the title of FIFA Golden Ball, a distinction he is the only African to hold until now.
He was the champion of France with Paris Saint-Germain Football Club in 1994, and best scorer of the UEFA Champions League with the same club in 1995. However, it was at AC Milan, in the Italian Serie A, that he really shone. In Italy, Weah won two Serie A titles: 1995-96 and 1998-99
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
Didier Drogba is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the legendary African players, and the footballer most adored by the Ivorians. After beaming in the French Championship, he joined the English Club of Chelsea in 2004 under the leadership of Portuguese coach, José Mourinho. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of his national team, Ivory Coast. Drogba was more successful in Europe than with his national team, mainly at Chelsea Club, where he scored more goals than any other foreign player. He got the African Golden Ball twice in 2006 and 2009. With Chelsea, Drogba won four premier league titles, three football league cups, in addition to the prestigious UEFA Champions League in 2012. He was elected by the fans as the Best Player in the History of Chelsea in 2015.
Roger Milla (Cameroon)
With two CANs on his record, Roger Milla is another legendary player from Africa. The Cameroonian footballer had impressed football fans in the biggest African stadiums before flying to Europe, where he experienced an equally great career. Elected twice as the Best in Africa, Roger Milla lifted his country to the quarterfinals at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
Roger is still remembered for his magical goal celebrations by running to the corner flag and performing his famous dance. He was named one of the greatest living football players in 2004 by Brazilian football player, Pelé. In 2007, the Cameroonian player was chosen by the CAF as the Best African Player of the previous 50 years.
Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast)
Yaya Touré remains the only African footballer to have won the title of the Best African Player four times in Africa. Winner of the Champions League with FC Barcelona in 2009, and the Spanish league in 2009 and 2010, he joined the English Championship to play for Manchester City for which he was three times Premier League Champion in 2012, 2014, and 2015. Touré realised the dream of all Ivorians by winning the African Cup of Nations with the Elephants of Ivory Coast in 2015
Abedi Pele (Ghana)
Africa will always remember the Ghanaian legend, Abedi Pelé, who is regarded as one of the greatest African footballers of all time. For some, he is the “Pele” of Africa thanks to his exploits on the football field. With the Black Stars of Ghana, he was the champion of the 1982 edition of the CAN before winning 11 years later, in 1993, the UEFA Champions League while playing for the Olympique De Marseille. Abedi Pele was chosen by the CAF Football Confederation as the Best African Player three times in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He was also named the African Player of The Year by BBC in 1992.
Salif Kéita (Mali)
The Malian footballer, Salif Kéita, was the first African player to win the African Golden Ball, a prize awarded since 1970. Three-time winner of the Mali National Cup with Real de Bamako, he joined the French Championship in 1968, evolving under the colors of Saint-Etienne. He was three-time champion of France with the Stephanois before moving to Portugal, where he became champion also with Sporting CP. At the individual level, Salif Kéita got the European Silver Shoe in 1972 and was awarded the title of the Best African Player in the same year.
Oliver Giroud top Europa League scorer
Following the conclusion of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg ties on Thursday night, below are the current highest goal scorers, chasing the Golden Boot in the Europe second top-flight league:
Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick in his side’s 5-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev to top the goal chart.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace in his side’s 3-0 win over Rennes to take his tally to four goals.
UEFA Europa League leading scorers after Thursday’s matches:
9 goals: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
8 goals: Munas Dabbur (RB Salzburg), Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla)
7 goals: Luka Jovic (Frankfurt)
5 goals: Sebastien Haller (Frankfurt), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Fredrik Gulbrandsen (RB Salzburg)
4 goals: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Ismaila Sarr (Rennes), Takumi Minamino (RB Salzburg), Emilio Jose Zelaya (Apollon Limassol), Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan), Lucas Alario (B Leverkusen), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)
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Aguero, Salah, Aubameyang top highest goal scorer in Premier League
Following the conclusion of match-day 28 of the English Premier League, EPL, on Wednesday night, below are the current highest goal scorers, chasing the Golden Boot in the English top-flight league:
Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero’s strike against West Ham on Wednesday night moved the Argentine international to number one position on the goal chart with 18 goals.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah failed to score in his side’s 5-0 win over Watford. The Egyptian international dropped to second position on the goal chart with 17 goals.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal in his side’s 5-1 victory over Bournemouth. The Gabonese international is occupying third-place on the goal chart with 16 goals.
See top-ten of Premier League highest goal scorers so far below:
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 18 goals.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 17 goals
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 16 goals
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 15 goals.
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 14 goals.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 12 goals.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 12 goals.
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – 12 goals.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – 11 goals.
Heung-min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) – 11 goals.
Meanwhile, the match-day 28 of the English Premier League will resume this weekend.
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He began his youth career with Newbury in 1999 when he was just 10 years old.
He was the 2012-13 Football League Cup Top Goalscorer with 5 goals for England.
He was raised with a sister, Hollie, and a brother, Ashley. He married Melanie Slade and he has two children, Arlo and Finley.
He became teammates with fellow forward Wayne Rooney on England’s national team in 2006.
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