Football was introduced in Africa in the 1860's by Europeans and by 1880's it had spread all over Africa courtesy of missionaries and military.The first Africa Cup Of Nations tournament was played in 1957 after the formation of Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Since then African footballers have been showing exemplary performances in top leagues across the world.In this article we will compile the top ten African footballers of all time as follows:
He is a Malian former International who played for top clubs like Marseille,Lens, Sevilla, Lorient, Barcelona,Roma among others as a midfielder.He won 14 titles with Barcelona in four seasons.He also won FIFA u-20 World Cup golden ball in 1999.
9.Essam El-HadaryCurrently a coach, he was a professional Egyptian goalkeeper who spent most of his footballing career with African clubs mostly Al Ahly (12years).In 2018 with 45 years, he became the oldest player to play in a FIFA World Cup match.
8.Abedi PeleHe is a former Ghanian professional footballer and father to The Ayew brothers (Jordan and Andrê).He played for top clubs like Marseille,Lille,Lyon,Torino among others winning major trophies like UEFA Champions League (1993).He also has many awards to his name like 3 African footballer of the year, AFCON golden boot among many others.
7.Yaya ToureThe four times African footballer of the year is a retired Ivorian professional footballer.He played for major clubs like Olympiacos, Monaco, Barcelona, Manchester City among others as a midfielder.He has many awards to his name.
6.Nwankwo KanuHe is a Nigerian former professional footballer.He played for clubs like Ajax,Inter Milan, Arsenal with which he won numerous awards.He is a two time African footballer of the year (1996,1999) and two time BBC African footballer of the year (1997,1999).He is also a FIFA u-17 World Cup winner (1993).
5.Jay Jay OkochaHe is a former Nigerian professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.He played for clubs like Frankfurt, Fenerbache,PSG,Hull City among others.He is two time BBC African footballer of the year (2003,2004).
4.Roger MillaHe is a former Cameroonian professional footballer.He became FIFA World Cups oldest goal scorer in 1994 at the age of 42.He has many award to his name like two African footballer of the year awards (1976,1990) among others.
3.Didier DrogbaHe is Ivorian retired professional footballer.He is well remembered for his outstanding career with Chelsea where he spend 8 seasons scoring 100 goals.He is a two times African footballer of the year (2006,2009).He holds many more awards to his name.
2.George WeahCurrently he is the Liberian President.In his footballing years, he became the only African footballer to win Balloon d'Or and FIFA World Player Of The Year Award both coming in 1995.He is also three times African footballer of the year (1989,1994,1995).He played for top clubs like Monaco,PSG,AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City, Marseille among others.
1.Samuel EtooHe is a Cameroonian retired professional footballer.He was regarded as worlds best striker during his playing years.He won African footballer of the year awards four times (2003,2004,2005,2010) and many think that he deserved a Ballon d'Or award.He played for clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona,Inter Milan, Chelsea, Everton,Sampdoria among others with which he won many awards.
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