Africa has produced some of the greatest footballers,few of which have gone on to become absolute legends of the game.Many of these players came from poor background,but poverty did not stop these footballers from going on to take over the game at its highest level.Today we will have a look at some of the best African players in Premier League History.
Here are the top 10 best African Players in Premier League history –
Radebe was a flamboyant central midfielder who switched to central defence with ease, snuffing out any opposition threat with exquisite.He joined Leeds in 1994 and went on to play more than 200 matches for the club over a 11 year period.
He did not have a great start to his career at Leeds,his chances were limited under then manager Howard Wilkinson. However, when Wilkinson was replaced by George Graham, his career flourished and Radebe was made captain of the team for the 1998–99 season. Whilst he was captain, Leeds enjoyed a period of relative success; in the 1998–99 season, they finished fourth in the FA Premier League, qualifying for the UEFA Cup. During the 1999–2000 season, Leeds finished third in the Premier League and qualified for the following season’s Champions League, where they eventually reached the semi-finals. During this time, Radebe turned down the chance to move to Manchester United, A.C. Milan and Roma.
In 2000, he was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award.He was then hit by injuries that hampered his career and he was never able to regain his past form.He retired in 2005.
Yobo joined Everton on loan in July 2002 with an option to make the move permanent.He was David Moyes’ first signing as a Everton manager.In 2003 his loan move was made permanent.
Yobo became one of the most consistent players in the Everton squad, and was one of only seven players in the entire league to play every minute of every game throughout the 2006–07 season. He became one of Everton’s most important and consistent players.
He held the record for most appearances from an overseas player at Everton till 2012 and was made captain in 2008 when he chose to extend his contract at Goodison,turning down a move to Arsenal.
Yakubu was a prolific goalscorer and had successful spells at Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn. He managed to score 96 goals in the league,second highest for an African footballer in the Premier League. His quality of finishing and laid back approach made him an instant hit with all the teams he played for.
His career in English football started with Portsmouth in 2003,Yakubu helped Portsmouth win the 2002–03 Division 1(Championship) title, leading to promotion to the Premier League.He played 37 of Portsmouth’s 38 Premier League matches in 2003–04. Yakubu’s 16 goals made him the club’s leading goal-scorer, and joint-sixth highest scorer in the entire league.
Overall he managed to score 29 goals in 65 matches in the league over two seasons and was then sold to Middlesbrough in 2005.After playing two seasons for Middlesbrough and scoring 25 goals,Yakubu was transferred to Everton in August 2007 for a fee of £11.25 million on a five-year deal,which was at the time the most the club had ever paid for a player.
He then joined Blackburn in 2011.In his first season at Blackburn, he scored 18 goals, but the club were relegated to the Championship by the end of the season after a 1–0 home loss to in-form Wigan Athletic. After relegation was confirmed, Yakubu stated that he did not want to play Championship football and he left Blackburn.