The all time best African strikers in world football

The all time best African strikers in world football

5) El-HadjiDiouf

One of the few African players to get their hands on the UEFA Champions league title, El-HadjiDiouf featured for as many as five English clubs in his career. He was a part of the Liverpool squad that won the Champions league title in Istanbul in 2005. The Senegalese was also a pivotal figure in his country’s first ever World Cup qualification in 2002. While not extraordinary, Diouf still had a decent career. His appearance in the World Cup All-Star team in ’02 gives him a place in the history of best African strikers to have played the game.

4) Nwankwo Kanu

The two-time African player of the year, Kanu stands out as one of the most successful African players of all time. The striker won nearly every major trophy on offer in his playing career barring the World Cup. He was a part of the Nigerian side that won the Olympic Cup in the mid 90s. Kanu was also a part of the UEFA Cup winning side of Inter and the invincible Arsenal squad of the early 2000s. The pinnacle of his career came with Ajax, with whom he won the Champions league title.

3) Didier Drogba

A Premier league and Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba remains one of the most celebrated players in the world football. The Ivory Coast striker had it all in his prime, scoring goals out of nothing and was a big game player. Having won several league titles with Chelsea, the culmination of Drogba’s Chelsea career came in the 2012 Champions league final when he netted the equalizer with a power header and later scored the decisive penalty to gift Chelsea their first European title. Drogba holds the record for having scored more goals than any other foreigner in Chelsea’s history. In 2012, Drogba became the first African to score 100 Premier league goals while he also scored 65 goals for the national side.

2) Samuel Eto’o

Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o made a career out of scoring in crucial moments. The African, crowned as African player of the year 4 times in his career, won three La Liga titles, 2 Champions league titles with Barca before winning another Champions league title with Jose Mourinho’s Inter. With Cameroon, Eto’o was twice crowned as the African Cup of Nations champion. After brief spells with Chelsea and Everton, Eto’o moved to Sampdoria, which he left after a solitary season to join Antalyaspor. He is country’s leading goal scorer. GeorgeWeah

1) George Weah featured for clubs like PSG, AC Milan, Monaco and Chelsea in his career which serves as a testament to his unimpeachable talent and hard work. Named as the African player of the century, Weah set the world alight in 1995, when he became the first African to win the African, European and world footballer of the year. Remarkably, post his playing career, the striker stepped in politics and is currently Liberia’s 25th president.