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 –
10. Yakubu Aiyegbeni
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.
9. Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor had some controversies during his time in the Premier League ,most notably against Arsenal. After scoring for Manchester City against Arsenal, he ran almost the full length of the pitch to the Arsenal supporters and celebrated in front of them causing an angry reaction from the Arsenal supporters. He was criticised for celebrating in this manner against his former club.
After spells at Arsenal and Manchester City, he joined Tottenham on loan in 2011. He scored 17 in 24 for Spurs in 2011-12 season and they signed him on a permanent basis. He stayed at Tottenham for three more years and scored 18 league goals in 59 apps during that period. He was then sold to Crystal Palace.
8. Mo. Salah
Since joining Premier League in 2017 with Liverpool, Salah has been in blistering form. In his first season with the club, Salah scored 32 league goals and won the PL Golden Boot. He was also voted the Premier League player of the year beating Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne. Even in this season he has made a good start and is the joint top scorer of the league after 15 games.
7. Riyad Mahrez
Mahrez’s incredible journey with Leicester Started in the January of 2014. He helped them win the Championship and promotion to the Premier League at the end of his first season. The following season he was one of the main reasons why Leicester made a great escape and survived from relegation.
But the best was saved for 2015-16 season, Mahrez along with Jamie Vardy were the sensation of the season as Leicester won the league defying all the odds. The very year he was voted the Algerian Footballer of the Year, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, and was a member of the Premier League PFA Team of the Year.
In 2018 he joined the champions Manchester City and has already made himself an important member of his new team.