Top 10 African player of the Year winners

In this article, we will outline Top 10 African Players that won the CAF’s Footballer of the Year Award.

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Top talents have emerged from the African World which most of them have played on Europe and Top countries and have gained popularity.

Below are the top 10 African footballers that won CAF’s Footballer of the Year Award.


10. Riyad Mahrez

He was the star man in Leicester City’s miracle title-winning campaign of 2015-16, and has gone on to enjoy great success at Manchester City, with three league successes.The North African maestro is one of the most technically adroit players in European major leagues today, and was also influential as Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

9.Abedi Pele

He clinched three successive Ligue 1 titles during the 1990s, and played a vital role in the French giants’ European Cup triumph in the 1992/93 campaign.He was a three-time African Footballer of the Year.

8. Nwankwo Kanu

He may have failed to win the Africa Cup of Nations—one of the best African players ever to do so—but Kanu was a two-time African Footballer of the Year during the late 90s.

7. Roger Mila

He won it twice.Earned global celebrity for his performances at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, where he became the oldest player to score at the tournament—a record he holds to this day.

6. Sadio Mane

One of the key protagonists in Liverpool’s magnificent renaissance under Jurgen Klopp, Mane reached three UCL finals—winning one—with the Reds.

5. Mohammed Salah

Currently just ahead of Mane in the ranking, Salah was a part of the Liverpool side that won the UCL in 2019, and followed that up with the Premier League title a year later.

5. George Weah

The only African player to win the Ballon d’Or, Weah also backed this global success up with three African Footballer of the Year successes.

4. Yaya Tou’re

The only player to win the African Footballer of the Year award four times in a row—and only the second to win it four times—Toure ranks among the very best African players in the history of the game.

2. Didier Drogba

Twice an African Footballer of the Year, Drogba enjoyed the individual honours during the years in which he helped transform Chelsea into a European powerhouse.

1. Samuel Eto’o

It is no surprise to see Eto’o at the top of this list.The two-time Afcon winner is, without a doubt, Africa’s most decorated player in Europe, having won the Champions League three times, and league titles in La Liga and Italy too.He played vital role in Barcelona’s European success in the 2005/06 and 2008/09 seasons, and became only the second player to score in two Champions League finals.

He was the first player to win it 4 times.

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