Africa has produced many great 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 –
3. Kolo Toure
Beginning his career at ASEC Mimosas, Touré moved to Arsenal in 2002, where he made 326 appearances for the club and was a member of the famous 03–04 ‘invincibles’ side.He was mainly a utility player in his first two seasons but it was again ‘The Invicibles’ season where he began to emerge.
Forming a formidable partnership with Sol Campbell, Toure played all but one game in the entire season. He was known for his occasional bursts out from centre back, galloping forward, rolling back the years from when he operated as an attacking threat rather than a defender. He was also terrific in Arsenal’s pursuit of the Champions League only for them to lose in the final.
In 2009, he moved to Manchester City, where he was joined a year later by his younger brother Yaya Touré, helping City earn its first league title in 44 years. In 2013 Touré transferred to Liverpool. He is one of the six players who have won the Premier League with two different clubs, having won it with Manchester City and Arsenal.
After spending 3 seasons with Liverpool,he left for Celtic in 2016.
2. Yaya Toure
Yaya Touré plays primarily in the centre as a box-to-box midfielder, often switching between offensive and defensive stances throughout matches. Joining in 2010 to link up with his brother Kolo,Yaya Toure has now played more than 280 matches for Manchester City winning Premier League twice,League Cup twice and a FA Cup.In his first season at the club,the Ivorian scored the goal that settled the Manchester derby FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and it was Yaya again who scored the winner in the final against Stoke and writing himself into Manchester City folklore in the process.
Yaya was inspirational again in the 2011/12 season, continuing his knack of making key contributions at crucial moments.He scored vital goals against Newcastle in City’s penultimate game of the season to put Roberto Mancini’s men within touching distance of the league crown.
He was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 2011/2012 and in 2012/13. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. A true Manchester City and Premier League legend.
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1. Didier Drogba
Drogba is the highest scoring African in Premier League history, part of the prestigious 100 goals club in the Premier League with 104 goals.
In the summer of 2004, Drogba moved to Premier League club Chelsea for a club record £24 million fee, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. In his debut season he helped the club win their first league title in 50 years, and a year later he won another Premier League title.He won the Premier League again in 2010.
In March 2012, he became the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals,and also became the only player in history to score in four separate FA Cup finals the same year, when he scored in Chelsea’s win over Liverpool in the 2012 final.He also played in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, in which he scored an 88th-minute equaliser and the winning penalty in the deciding shoot-out against Bayern Munich.
He left Chelsea in 2012 only to return back in 2014 as a free transfer from Galatasaray.He featured 40 times that season as they won the League again.
Drogba announced that Chelsea’s final game of the 2014-15 season against Sunderland would be his last as a Chelsea player.He started the game as captain and was substituted with injury after half an hour, being carried off by his teammates in an eventual 3–1 win.