Over the years, many talented players have hailed from Africa—achieving some of tremendous success in football. These African players—have played the highest level of football across the globe and won prestigious awards for themselves. More so, many of them give back to the societies they are from.
Maybe most of us are all eyeing the new generation of African stars—but the truth is that there were others before them. Players who have inspired and paved the way for the new generation of players to dare to dream and attain success.
Today, we remember and celebrate some of the – great African players who have written themselves in history books.
The name Samuel Eto’o is not a new one in our ears. Hailing from Cameroon, Samuel Eto’o—is one of the most impressive African content has ever produced as far as football is concerned. His notable career triumphs include 4 African players of the year, winning a FIFA club world cup, an Olympics gold, and the UEFA Champions League.
There is no doubt that Eto’o is amongst the best players from Cameroon.
Known for being all-time top soccer of Ivory Coast national team and his 300 goals in his football career, Drogba has lifted 4 FA Cups, 3 English League Cups, and a UEFA Champion League trophy.
The Ivorian player—was named African player of the year three times and made the top three eight times.
Roger Milla was the actual definition of do not give up on your passion. While the prime years of football might be between 27 and 30, Roger Milla—proved many people wrong. He appeared in the world cup at the age of 42, leading to many notable achievements. Milla has won the prodigious African player of the year twice.
His consistency in football made him stand out among his colleagues leading him to be identified by CAF as the African Player of the Century and was also on the FIFA 100.
Yaya Toure’s unbeatable skills are the reason many believe he is the most special modifier from Africa. Toure is the player with the most African player of the year award, having been honoured with four awards.
The former Barcelona and Manchester City player—is always mentioned whenever the golden generation of football is discussed.
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Famously known as Biri-Biri, the former Sevilla player was among the greatest from the Gambia. Staying with Sevilla FC when the team was in the second tier, Biri Biri was a vital player in the promotion-winning side in the 1974/75 season.
The former Liberian football turned politician has won the African player of the year three times with other notable achievements. Weah was involved in a community project at the peak of his football career and even after. He was also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 1997.
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