Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, with billions of fans and millions of professional players from all across the globe. Africa is one of the largest markets for football, with football undoubtedly being the most popular sport on the continent.
However, Africans don’t just stop at watching, and the continent has produced some of the finest footballers in football history. Here are the top 5 African football players in Europe.
1. Sadio Mane
Sadio Mané is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Liverpool and the Senegal national team. He is widely considered as one of the best players in the world.
The Senegalese talented soccer player plays the number 10 position for Liverpool, and has several laurels under his belt including the Premier League Golden Boot in 2019, CAF Africa’s finest IX in 2017, 2019 and 2020, and African Player of the Year in 2020. He scored 13 goals in the 25 matches he has played.
2. Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Egypt national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed.
The 27 year old superstar is married with a child, and has won several awards as a testament to his skill. These include the BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2017, FIFA Puskas Award in 2018, Premier League Golden Boot in 2017 and 2019, PFA Player’s Player of the Year 2018, and African Player of the Year in 2018, 2019.
3. Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Karim Mahrez is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester City and captains the Algerian national team. Mahrez began his career as a youth player for French club AAS Sarcelles.
The 29 year old player has a number of awards to his name, including being the 2017 African Player of the Year, CAF Africa’s finest XI in 2017, 2019 and 2020; and the CAF Goal of the Year I 2020.
4. Joel Matip
Job Joël André Matip is a professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Liverpool and the Cameroon national team. He began his professional career with Schalke 04 in 2009, and was part of their teams that won the DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup in 2011.
The 28 year old footballer who wears the number 32 for Liverpool also has the 2019 Premier League Player of the Month Award, and the 2020 CAF Africa’s Finest XI as testaments to his skill and talent.
5. Achraf Hakimi
Mainly a right-back, he can also play as a left-back or winger. The 21 year old defender is the proud holder of the CAF Youth Player of the Year Award for 2019 and 2020, and the CAF Africa’s Finest XI for 2020.
So there you have it! Our top five African players in Europe. If you also noticed that most of these players are from Liverpool, You Were Not Wondering Alone. Lol.