When we think of some of the greatest football players of all time, we tend to focus on those players that are from Europe or from Central or South America. But there are a multitude of incredibly talented African players that have taken the football world by storm and proven that Africans are just as skilled and capable at the game as anyone else.
Although modern football was only introduced to the African continent in the 18th and 19th centuries, it quickly became a favourite among the locals, and is now one of the most popular games played within Africa.
Let’s take a look at some of the greatest African footballers that have ever lived.
It didn’t take long for this footballer to start finding fame in the international scene, and he was named African Footballer of The Year three times in a row. He has played in Italy, Germany, as well as France, where he spent three years at Marseilles and claimed three Ligue 1 titles, although one was later taken away.
Despite being named Abedi Ayew when he was born, he would later take on the name of legendary Brazilian player Pele and modelled much of his play style after the famous player. Of the 67 games that he played for the national team of Ghana, Pele earned 33 goals, and both of his sons have also gone on to become well-known players.
Drogba has made a name for himself as one of the most talented football players that Africa has ever produced. He has proven his skill out on the field thanks to his fast pace as well as the power he puts behind his kicks. Famous playing for Chelsea for a number of years, he was named as the club’s greatest player of all time, and currently holds a record for being their four top goal scorer ever, while also the top scorer in the Ivory Coast, his home.
Over the years, Drogba has accumulated several achievements, including winning a Champion’s League title, four FA Cups, 3 League Cups, as well as being named twice as African Player of the Year. There are few other African footballers that have earned the same prestige or fame as Drogba.
George Weah is widely considered by many to be the best African football player in the history of the game. This is a title that he achieved through years of hard work, which culminated in him winning a Ballon d’Or, the only African to do so, while also being the only African to be named FIFA World Player of the Year in a career almost as exciting as Canadian online slots.
He’s won numerous awards while playing in France, Italy, and Liberia, while also claiming an FA Cup in England. Weah’s played for some of the biggest clubs around, including AC Milan, Monaco, Chelsea, PSG, as well as Manchester City. He was also named the African Player of the Century in 1996 and continues to be an inspiration to young players across the continent.