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Most successful African players (active and inactive) in Europe top leagues.


African born players have achieved and are still achieving a lot in club football across Europe. Here are 10 most successful players according to their trophies and individual awards.


10. P E Aubameyang.



The Gabon International moved from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal in 2018. He won the English Premier league golden boot in 2018/19 season. And also secured the win for Arsenal in the FA Cup last season. Aubameyang won the African player of the year in 2015.


9. Riyad Mahrez.



Riyad Mahrez joined Manchester City from Leicester City in 2018. The Algerian won the English premier league with Leicester in 2016 and in 2019 with Man City. He also won the CAF award in 2016.


8. John Mikel Obi.


Mikel Obi won the English Premier league with Chelsea in 2010 and 2015. He also won the UEFA Champions League and Europa league with Chelsea in 2012 and 2013 respectively.


7. Sadio Mane.


The Senegal international joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2016. Mane won the Austrian Bundesliga title with Salzburg in 2014. He won the premier league with Liverpool in 2020 and Champions League in 2019. Mane won the EPL golden boot in 2018/19 season.


6. Michael Essien.



Michael Essien won 2 Ligue 1 titles with Lyon and 2 EPL titles with Chelsea. The Ghanaian also secured a UCL trophy with Chelsea in 2012.


5. Mohammed Salah.


The two times African footballer of the year has won the English Premier league golden boot twice in 2018 and 2019. The Egyptian won the EPL and UCL with Liverpool in 2020 and 2019 respectively. He was also awarded the premier league player of the season (2017-18).


4. Kanu Nwankwo..



Kanu Nwankwo won the Netherlands Eredivisie title 3 times with Ajax. And the UCL with Ajax in 1995. He also won the English Premier league twice with Arsenal in 2002 and 2004. Kanu Nwankwo was recognized twice as the African footballer of the year.


3. Yaya Toure.


Yaya Toure has 5 league titles before retiring from football. He won 2 league titles with Barcelona and 3 with Manchester City. He also has one UCL title. Yaya Toure was recognized as African footballer of the year 4 times.


2. Didier Drogba.


The Chelsea legend won 4 premier league titles and one UCL with Chelsea. He won the English Premier league golden boot twice in 2007 and 2010. He was recognized as the Ligue 1 player of the year in 2004 and also the African player of the year in 2006 and 2009.


1. Samuel Eto'o.



Samuel Eto'o could said to be the most successful African player to play in Europeean leagues. The Cameroonian won 4 league titles, 3 with Barcelona and one with Inter Milan. He also won 3 Champions League trophy, 2 with Barcelona and 1 with Inter Milan.

Eto'o is the only player in football history to win back to back trebles with Barcelona in 2009 and Inter Milan in 2010. He also won the Pichichi award with Barcelona in 2006. And was recognized as the African player of the year 4 times.


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