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11 Of The Greatest African Football Players Of All Time

There is a lot of mind-blowing talent throughout the African continent. In no particular order, here are some of the best African football players:

Didier Drogba- Côte d’Ivoire

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He is the only African football player to score more than 100 goals in the Premier League. Drogba also scored the famous penalty that allowed Chelsea to win the 2012 Champions League. He won the African Footballer of the Year Award in 2006 and in 2009. In 2010, Drogba’s name figured on Time Magazine’s list of World Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.

George Oppong Weah – Liberia

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The former striker was once named the greatest African player of all-time. He spent fourteen years playing for clubs in France, Italy, and England. He won the French Ligue 1 in 1994, and was the top scorer of the UEFA Champions League  in 1995. Weah is now involved politically in Liberia.

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Rabah Madjer – Algeria

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The famed striker is thought to be one of the best Algerian football players of all time. He is famous for scoring an amazing back-healed goal in the final of the European Cup against Bayern Munich in 1987. Madjer played in two World Cups with his national team. After he retired, he began to coach and manage several clubs.

The former striker was once named the greatest African player of all-time. He spent fourteen years playing for clubs in France, Italy, and England. He won the French Ligue 1 in 1994, and was the top scorer of the UEFA Champions League  in 1995. Weah is now involved politically in Liberia.

Mustapha Hadji – Morocco

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This retired Moroccan footballer is the current assistant manager of Morocco’s national football team. He was named 50th Greatest African Player of All Time by African football expert Ed Dove.

Samuel Eto’o Fils – Cameroon

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The Cameroonian striker is one of the most decorated African players of all time. He has won the African Player of the Year award four times and he was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005. He scored over 100 goals in five seasons with FC Barcelona, and is also the record holder in a number of appearances by an African player in La Liga.

Yaya Toure – Côte d’Ivoire

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The Ivorian professional footballer plays as a midfielder for the English club Manchester City and the Ivory Coast national team. He began his career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, where he made his debut at 18. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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Marc-Vivien Foe – Cameroon

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This Cameroonian international footballer played in the midfield position. He had success in the French League and in the Premier League. Foe collapsed in the middle of an international fixture and passed away. He was posthumously decorated with the Commander of the National Order of Valour.

Abedi Ayew Pele – Ghana

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The now retired Ghanaian footballer served as captain of the Ghana national team. He found notoriety in France’s Ligue 1 with Lille OSC and Olympique Marseille. He won the UEFA Champions League in 1993. He also received the African Footballer of the Year award in 1991, 1992 and 1993He was one of the pioneers of African football in Europe.

Kalusha Bwalya – Zambia

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The Zambian footballer also worked as a coach and president of the Football Association of Zambia. He is Zambia’s second most capped player and second all-time top goalscorer. He is believed by many to be the greatest Zambian footballer of all time. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 1988 by the magazine France Football, and was nominated for the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year award where he was voted the 12th-best player in the world.

Nwankwo Kanu – Nigeria

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Known simply as Kanu, the Nigerian striker eventually captained the Nigerian national team from 1994 until 2010. He won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals and two African Player of the Year awards.

Roger Milla – Cameroon

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He achieved international stardom at 38 years old, an age at which most footballers have retired. Roger Milla won the African Footballer of the Year award and the African Nations Cup twice. To this day, he is the oldest goal scorer in a World Cup tournament at the age of 42 years old.

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