Best African Football Players of All Time

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Here is a look at the best African football players of all time.

We love soccer! Who doesn't adore it in Africa? These days, the world has seen numerous soccer players show their abilities on various football fields. In the event that we should begin calling names of incredible soccer players, time may fall us. In any case, among the a huge number of soccer players we may call, there are Africans who have won our hearts as magicians. Therefore we have a rundown of the absolute most noteworthy players who are from Africa. 

In spite of a large portion of the focus on the enormous European superstars, no one can deny the way that there as of now is and have been a variety of names from African soil to have played the excellent round of soccer. Genuinely we've seen an enormous number of exceptional footballers in the game most particularly from Europe, Africa has additionally delivered some truly legends. That is why  we decided to take a look at the biggest African footballers ever. 

We have thought about footballers from the most recent 100 years, both the individuals who played for African countries just as the players who played in Europe. Thinking about every footballer's football career by separating their individual achievements. This methodology has advanced footballers that have accomplished a lot, those at the world class end of the game as opposed to those with remarkable skills yet without the achievements to back up their abilities. 

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Samuel Eto’o

Name in home country: Samuel Eto'o Fils

Date of birth: Mar 10,1981

Place of birth: Douala Cameroon

Age: 39

Height: 1,80 m

Citizenship: Cameroon

Position: Forward - Centre-Forward

Foot: both

Samuel Eto'o in every case made us feel good inside each time we saw him. Eto'o was an astonishing soccer player when he was playing. The player won the most

Champions league

and has turned into the wealthiest African footballer. He was outstandingly prolific as a goal machine. 

Without a doubt about our greatest, no soccer player from Africa can stand being more noteworthy than Cameroon all time legend Samuel Eto'o. Along with Yaya Toure, Eto'o has won 4 African Player of the Year prize. 

Eto'o was a member of the teams that won the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations, and was a gold medal winnner at the 2000 Summer Olympics preceding helping Cameroon seal the


title on two different competitions. He netted 130 goals for the Catalans where he won the treble in 2008-2009 campaign. Eto'o lifted two UCL trophies for Barcelona netting goals in both finals. The Cameroon international additionally won

FIFA Club World Cup

and the UEFA Champions League with

Inter Milan

under Jose Mourinho in 2010. 

The player made both FIFA and UEFA Teams of the Year two times and was third in the 2005 version of FIFA World's greatest player prize. Eto'o has a huge amount of individual honors to his name and played for an extraordinary number of great clubs. Four-time African Footballer of the Year displayed unbelievable consistency that was unparalleled. 

All in all Eto'o won two Cup of Nations, Olympic gold and played for Indomitable Lions in 3 World Cups. 

He has likewise made great victories to the national side's African matches, being the best goal scorer in both the 2006 and 2008 competitions. 

Eto'o remains Cameroon's unsurpassed goal scorer and is the greatest scorer in Cup of Nations ever. 

Another unmatched accomplishment among African footballers is that Eto'o has won 3 UCL with


and Inter Milan.

His record of Four league titles in two unique nations is just bettered by Samuel Kuffour. 

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George Weah

Name in home country: George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah

Date of birth: Oct 1, 1966

Place of birth: Monrovia Liberia

Height: 1,85 m



Position: Forward - Centre-Forward

Foot: both

George Weah was known for his amazing solo goal at the beginning of the 1996-97

Serie A

campaign against Verona. He might not have won the UEFA Champions League however in 1996 he won the African Player of the Century. He didn't quit being well known as a soccer player, he gave his hands a shot legislative issues when he challenged for the leader of Liberia yet didn't make it. 

The player is the only African soccer player to win the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year in the wake of ensuring about both in 1995. Weah additionally lifted African Player of the Year award thrice. In 1994, Ballon d'Or winner assisted


win the League title preceding winning two Serie A trophies with AC Milan where he had his best part of football career. George Weah netted more than 200 goals in his football career. The player is a national legend and is currently the President of his country Liberia.

Weah won the IFFHS crown as the best African player of the twentieth century, his great skills stays unrivaled. One-time BBC Footballer of the Year grant was additionally named in the FIFA 100. 

However, the small height of Liberia implied that his 60 national matches never prompted any accomplishment with the Lone Stars. Zero AFCON trophies, zero World Cup games. Not at all like a few players hailing from little nations, Weah was faithful to Liberia, over and again coming back to the West African nation. He put specific spotlight on education and sexual wellbeing as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1997. Locally he is known as Lord George. Anyways it's difficult to deny that this influences the player's career and his honors. 

So also, for such an intelligent, fantastic footballer, Weah's victories at club level were maybe not what you would anticipate. He never figured out how to make an interpretation of his domestic form to the European field, showing up in Lombardy after the team had made the most of their great time of the mid 90s. 

Weah won FA Cup with


in England and a Ligue 1 tittle with PSG.

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Didier Drogba

Name in home country: Didier Yves Drogba Tebily

Date of birth: Mar 11, 1978

Place of birth: Abidjan 

Cote d'Ivoire

Height: 1,89 m

Citizenship: Cote d'Ivoire

Position: Forward - Centre-Forward

Foot: both

Didier Drogba doesn't miss on any rundown for African incredible soccer players. He won the UEFA Champions League and had that mindset of a player who can't be vanquished. Drogba has turned into one of the soccer players the one Africans admire in motivating them to be successful. 

Drogba was a goal machine in the box. One of PL's most noteworthy forwards of all time and certainly a Chelsea Legend. He was named African Player of the Year two times and made top three eight times. Didier Drogba scored more than 300 goals in his football career lifting 4


trophies, 4

FA Cup

, 3 English League Cups, 2

Community Shields

and one UEFA Champions League trophy in 2012. The player won the PL golden boot and made the Premier League team of the year. 

His individual achievements show Drogba's consistency at the supreme form of the game and his remaining inside the sport. A superb eight times he has been in the best 3 African players of the year, winning the honor twice. 

In spite of playing at two World Cups with Cote d'Ivoire, Drogba was not able to win a continental trophy regardless of coming close on various events. 

Having been one of the magic strikers of Chelsea, Drogba is one of the best Africans in the European football ever. Surely no Ivorian has accomplished more. 

Sir Alex Ferguson declared that the player won UEFA Champions League single-handedly. He was voted the Blues' best footballer in 2012. 

Drogba's best accomplishment was doubtlessly winning the 2012 Champions League, when his thoroughly single-minded performance against

Bayern Munich

practically without any assistance guaranteed the cup for the first time advanced toward Stamford Bridge.

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Roger Milla

Name in home country: Albert Roger Mooh Milla

Date of birth: May 20, 1952

Place of birth: Yaounde  Cameroon

Height: 1,76 m

Citizenship: Cameroon

Position: Forward - Centre-Forward

Foot: right

Roger Milla turned into a famous player as the oldest soccer player to appear in a World Cup while he was 42 years old and was believed to have netted 405 goals as a soccer player. Many believe that he's the best African player of all time and that is a controversial topic. 

Roger Milla scored 438 goals in 794 games in his football career. He won the African Player of the Year prize twice and furthermore won the Nation's cup twice for Cameroon. The player made World Cup XI team and was third best goalscorer in 1990. Milla turned into the most seasoned player ever to play in a World Cup last game in 1994.

Milla was recognized by IFFHS as the second-best African player of the most recent 100 years. Some hail him because of his consistency, however he is one of only a handful Africans to make a significant and distinctive effect at a World Cup whose honors can back up his reputation. Milla made the FIFA 100 and identified by CAF as the African Player of the Century. 

The legend played for Cameroon at 3 World Cups and won the Cup of Nations. He was top scorer at the competition twice and was likewise Player of the Tournament in 1986. No footballer can stand to have ruled the continent's soccer during the 80s like Roger Milla. 

He switched between various clubs in


and Cameroon with some amazing netting records. Roger Milla won some titles including a couple of French Cups, however never won a major league. Be that as it may, notwithstanding his life-changing commitments to the World Cup, his practically unrivaled life span, and his great goal scoring records, he doesn't exactly have the titles equal to his scoring record. A couple of French Cups aren't sufficient to see him the best.

Abedi Pele

Full name: Abedi Ayew

Date of birth: Nov 5, 1964

Place of birth: Oko Ghana

Height: 1.77 m



Position: Midfielder - Attacking Midfield

Foot: right

Abedi Pele has turned into one of the best African soccer players of all time. He was so great in his days that he won many titles for his club. These days, the player's two children are playing football differently. 

An amazing international superstar of the mid-'90s, Pele is a thrice African Footballer of the Year and a one-time BBC African Player of the Year. 

Named in the best 3 Africans ever by IFFHS and recognized by his namesake, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, as one of the best 125 footballers to have at any point lived. 

Sadly, he never figured out how to play at a World Cup, yet in 1982 he won the Cup of Nations with Ghana. After 10 years he was player of the competition as the

Black Stars

lost in the last step to Cote d'Ivoire. 

Abedi Pele made his name in southern France with


. A European Cup finalist loser in 1991, he came back two years after the fact to win OM's Champions League to date. Three times was a

Ligue 1

champion at the Velodrome, in spite of the fact that at any rate the remainder of these titles will always be discolored. 

Nwankwo Kanu

Name in home country: Nwankwo Christian Nwosu Kanu

Date of birth: Aug 1, 1976

Place of birth: Owerri


Height: 1,97 m

Citizenship: Nigeria

Position: Forward - Centre-Forward

Foot: right

At the point when Kanu had a heart medical procedure as a footballer, Some believed that it is over for the striker. He returned and get probably the best forward ever in Africa. Kanu is tall and slender however scoring goals were never an issue. He realizes how to defeat goalkeepers when he attacks. 

A true legend! The striker won nearly everything and is one of only a handful few footballers to have won the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Olympic Gold award, UEFA Cup and FA Cup. Kanu likewise won the Eredivisie at Ajax three times and was named African Player of the year twice. The player is the best Nigerian player ever and a true legend for





Twice African Footballer of the Year earned approvals across Europe for his improvement, his one of a kind style and his unpredictable, yet astounding, football abilities. 

Twice BBC Footballer of the Year is the only footballer on this rundown to have won Olympic gold yet not the Cup of Nations. Consistent disappointment with Nigeria on the continental field is, irrefutably, a dark blemish on Kanu's career. 

In any case, he spoke played for Nigeria at 3 World Cups. 

The Nigerian netted 25 goals in 52 matches for Ajax, making sure about a Champions League award all the while. 

Kanu lifted the Premier League twice in the midst of a large group of different awards. 

One of a handful few footballers to have won the Olympic gold, UEFA Champions League, the FA Cup, the Premier League, and the


, he likewise went through relegation with Portsmouth toward the finish of his football. 


Yaya Toure

Name in home country: Gnegneri Yaya Toure

Date of birth: May 13, 1983

Place of birth: Sekoura Bouake  Cote d'Ivoire

Height: 1,88 m

Citizenship: Cote d'Ivoire

Position: Midfielder - Central Midfield

Foot: right

Yaya Toure might be known as the greatest midfielder in Africa ever. He has played for some well-known clubs far and wide and won any possible awards. At the point when you are thinking about an astonishing footballer, you can't overlook Yaya Toure. 

The Midfielder could be brilliant in anyplace in the field, this was the reason he had a fruitful period at the top level. He's simply the greatest midfielder Africa at any point produced. Toure won totally everything there is to win while at Barcelona, at that point joined

Man City

where he assumed a key role in providing them with the League trophy. His quality, vision, and attacking skills are unparalleled. Yaya is the footballer with the most African Player of the Year prize with 4 awards to his name. A true legend.

After leaving Barcelona the strong midfielder improved his game a great deal in the wake of landing


with Manchester City. Yaya Toure was one of the greatest stars of Cote d'Ivoire's Golden Generation. 

Yaya Toure was named African Footballer of the Year twice in 2011 and 2012. He was additionally named in the PFA Premier League team of the Year in 2012.  

In spite of rising as probably the best midfielder ever to be found on the African nations, similar to his teammates he has endured an entire arrangement of Cup of Nations defeats. 

He has played for the Elephants at three World Cups.

Yaya Toure was the extraordinary individual in Man City's Premier League title winning season. The honor lifted in the wake of domestic titles in Cote d'Ivoire,


, and


, an entire host of local trophies and a Champions trophy in 2009. 


Jay-Jay Okocha

Name in home country: Augustine Azuka Okocha

Date of birth: Aug 14, 1973

Place of birth: Enugu Nigeria

Height: 1.73 m

Citizenship: Nigeria

Position: Midfielder - Attacking Midfield

Foot: both

Jay-Jay Okocha was a machine in the football field. He was so astonishing in dribbling that it was hard to realize on the off chance that he was a Nigerian or a Brazilian. It was hard to foresee his proceeds onward the pitch and didn't quit entertaining his huge number of fans the world over. 

With regards to unadulterated ability and trickery, nobody approaches Okocha. The Nigerian could dribble a whole side and was a first team player in all clubs he played for. He won the

African Cup of Nations

and Olympic Gold with his country and had various individual honors involving two BBC African Player of the Year honors. 

His wonderful specialized skilss and style was identified by the BBC to won their African Footballer of the Year honor. Okocha is one of just two footballers to be recognized more than once. 

He never won the CAF prize, however was runner-up twice. Jay Jay was listed as one of the 125 biggest footballers of all time by Pele. 

Jay Jay won Olympic gold as a member of the skilled Nigerian team of the mid 90s and the African trophy in 1994. He exceeded expectations at the 2004 version of the competition too, where he was the best goal scorer and the tournament's extraordinary player. 

He played for Nigeria thrice at World Cups. The honors are shockingly insufficient for a player of Okocha's remarkable talent. He settled at Bolton which was not exactly fitting a star of his level in the wake of 10 years wandering different European leagues. 

Okocha won a couple of cups from those Eyropean leagues, however always lost a championship trophy. 

Defenders will state that Okocha was just excessively stylish, too delightful a player to really assume a job at the first class football.


Michael Essien

Name in home country: Michael Kojo Essien

Date of birth: Dec 3, 1982

Place of birth: Accra Ghana

Height: 1,78 m

Citizenship: Ghana

Position: Midfielder - Defensive Midfield

Foot: right

Michael Essien made his name as member of an amazing


side ahead of joining Chelsea in 2005.

BBC African Player of the Year has been 3rd on the scene for the CAF prize multiple times with 4 and one runner-up record. International honors are without a doubt a place to remind disappointment for the player. A mixure of hardship and injury has implied that he has not had the option to manage this energizing generation Ghana as he clearly would have trusted. He has accomplished little significant with Ghana.

He played for Ghana at World Cup once. However, these is a huge difference with his club level records, which has been practically undiluted greatness. 

A most loved of Jose Mourinho, whom he alludes to as Daddy, both men have shared a lot of their triumphs. The player has won one UEFA Champions League trophy, 4  major titles and lots of of domestic championships. 


Sammy Kuffour

Name in home country: Samuel Osei Kuffour

Date of birth: Sep 3, 1976

Place of birth: Kumasi  Ghana

Height: 1.78 m

Citizenship: Ghana

Position: Defender - Centre-Back

A great Center-back who was regarded among the best defenders in Europe last decade was double runner-up in the African Player of the Year prize and a one BBC African Footballer of the Year winner. 

Sammy Kuffour played for Ghana at the 2006 World Cup, yet came 10 years soon to genuinely appreciate the country's golden generation at the international level. 

He delighted in an immensely fruitful 12 years at Bayern Munchen. Kuffour won 4 German championships and 6 domestic league trophies. 

Sammy is well known for his dramatic displays of grief following the 1999 Champions League loss against

Man United

. However, he compensated for this with triumph over Valencia two years after the fact. 

Kuffour is one of just 3 Ghanaians to lift the world's premier domestic club trounament.

Rabah Madjer 

Name in home country: Rabah Mustapha Madjer

Date of birth: Dec 15, 1958

Place of birth: Hussein Dey Algeria

Height: 1,79 m

Citizenship: Algeria

Position: Forward - Centre-Forward

Broadly viewed as one of the best Algerian soccer players ever and was named one of the greatest Africans of the last century. Madjer is a true legend for Portuguese giant

FC Porto

as his amazing goal was vital in the 1987 European Cup final game which he assisted his team to win. This was in the wake of helping Algeria arrive at their first historically speaking World Cup finals in 1982. Rabah Madjer won nine major trophies with FC Porto and netted in excess of 150 goals. 

In 1990, Rabah Madjer was the player of the competition as Algeria won the Cup of Nations, identified as the African footballer of the year in 1987, and was named Algerian player of the twentieth century. 

In 1990, The player won the African trophy with Algeria. He likewise player for the Desert Lions in two back to back World Cups. 

He gained extraordinary accomplishments in


, playing the key figure role for the Porto team that won the European Cup in 1987. This is the feature in the midst of plenty of domestic and other European titles. 

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Essam El-Hadary

Name in home country: Essam Kamal Tawfiq El Hadary

Date of birth: Jan 15, 1973

Place of birth: Damietta Egypt

Height: 1,88 m

Citizenship: Egypt

Position: Goalkeeper

Foot: right

We have only two goalkeepers in this article and Essam El-Hadary is certainly the best African goalkeeper of all time. He won the African Cup of Nations 4 times, no footballer has more. He was named the side of the competition thrice and kept a clean sheet in 3 AFCON finals. El-Hadary lifted 8 League trophies with Al-Merreikh and


. Hessam El-Hadary represented 22 years for the


national side.

The goalkeeper was once called by Didier Drogba to be his hardest rival ever. The legend is underrated without a doubt.

Not many of Egypt's Golden Generation had their influence more than El-Hadary. Three times El-Hadary made the team of the competition, and more than 3 Cup of Nations finals, without a goal!

He won an extraordinary record of 4 African Champions League titles and a large group of different trophies from the continent.

Hossam Hassan

Name in home country: Hossam Hassan Hussein

Date of birth: Aug 10, 1966

Place of birth: Helwan  Egypt

Height: 1,78 m

Citizenship: Egypt

Position: Forward - Centre-Forward

Foot: right

One of numerous Egyptians to play for the most part abroad, Hassan's legacy is based upon his acomplishments with Al-Ahly and the Pharaohs national team. 

Hassan may not be regarded equal to a portion of different players in this list because of his losses at North Africa, however he is a forward who should demand global consideration. 

The astonishing scorer was crucial in 3 of the Pharaohs's AFCON championships and furthermore went to the 1990 World Cup with Egypt. 

With 68 goals in 176 matches Hossam Hassan is the North Africa's best goal scorer ever. In 1998, he was the top scorer the Cup of Nations where he netted 7 goals.

His amazing records at club level resulted in lifting plenty of cups and honors  with African Club of the Century, Al-Ahly. Hassan won 13 league trophies, 5 Egyptian championships, and one African Champions League title shows everything.

The player likewise won a second continental trophy in the wake of showing up at


after leaving Al-Ahly. 

Thomas N'Kono

Date of birth: Jul 20, 1955

Place of birth: Dizangue  Cameroon

Height: 1,83 m

Citizenship: Cameroon

Position: Goalkeeper


In this article N'Kono is positioned as Africa's second-greatest goalkeeper behind El-Hadary. In the wake of making the podium two times finally he was named African Footballer of the Year twice.

First team player at two World Cups for Cameroon, the team were undefeated and conceded a single goal in 1982. N'Kono likewise won Africa's top award with the unbeaten Lions in 1984, in spite of the fact that Bell drove that side as N'Kono left for his club side. 

He played for Espanyol for almost 10 years and made significant progress with

Yaounde club Canon

. He won lots of domestic trophies and some continental club titles with Kpa-Kum.


Ahmed Hassan

Full name: Ahmed Hassan Kamel Hussein

Date of birth: May 2, 1975

Place of birth: Maghagha  Egypt

Height: 1,77 m

Citizenship: Egypt

Position: Midfielder - Attacking Midfield

Foot: right

One of the greatest African playmakers of his time, Hassan was a flank midfielder prior to move in the center of the pitch to lead the game.

The player was the AFCON player of the competition twice in 2006 and 2010. Ahmed He just similar to his compatriots suffered failure to meet all requirements for  to qualify for the World Cup. 

He won Cup of Nations four-time with Egypt and remains the world's most-capped footballer of all time. His 184 appearances for Egypt are probably not going to be bested at any point in the near future. 

Hassan played for Al-Ahly only for 3 years and did not lifted more domestic titles like other Africans in the list. However playing in Belgium and Turkey delivered further trophies and set Hassan separated from other Egyptian footballers who struggled abroad. 


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