Currently one of the best forwards around internationally, Mané is considered by many to be the greatest African player today. Senegal's fifth highest scorer ever with 19 goals between 2019 and 2020, the class of '92 won the Champions League, the Premier League, the Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and the African Ballon d'Or with Liverpool.
The former Ghanaian midfielder has linked his name to Lyon and Chelsea, with whom between 2003 and 2012 he won several trophies, including two Ligue 1s, as many Premier Leagues and, above all, the Champions League. During his career, he also played for two other very important teams, such as Real Madrid and AC Milan.
Despite frequent physical problems, the former Nigerian forward had an extraordinary career, winning the Champions League, a UEFA Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, and numerous other national titles while playing for Ajax, Arsenal, Inter, and Portsmouth. With the national team, he won the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
A three-time winner of the award for best African footballer of the year, rose to prominence in France while playing for Marseille, where he won three French championships and, most notably, the Champions League in 1993. With the Ghanaian national team, he conquered only one Africa Cup in 1982.
He is widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation, and owes his international fame, above all, to his long and successful militancy in Chelsea, where he led the Blues to four Premier League titles, three FA Cups, and, most notably, their first historic Champions League triumph. With 65 goals, he was the Ivory Coast's all-time leading scorer.
Cameroon's best scorer ever, winner of four African Ballon d'Ors as well as several national and international trophies (including three Champions Leagues with Barcelona and Inter Milan), Samuel Eto'o is considered by many to be one of the strongest players of his generation as well as the best African player of all time.
In the course of his career between club teams and the Liberian national team, he has not won as much as other players on this list, but on the other hand, he is the only African player to have won the most coveted individual award of all: The Ballon d'Or. In his career, he played for established teams such as PSG, Milan, Chelsea, Monaco, and Marseille, scoring over 230 goals.
Who are the best African players in history? Africa is on the verge of becoming the only continent without a World Cup semifinalist. Even though their football is booming, although there are more schools and more preparation at all levels, especially tactically, they still couldn’t overcome the barrier of fighting for a world title. In the last 20 years, they have been able to boast an inexhaustible talent pool.