The Premier League is the largest and, undoubtedly, one of most competitive football league in the world. That explains why the competition has attracted some of the best players from around the world over the years. Since the competition's start three decades ago, many outstanding African players have competed in the Premier League. The five finest African players to ever play in the English Premier League are listed below.
Yaya Toure | Manchester City
Yaya Toure is one of the best midfielders in Premier League history. The 38-year-old ex Cote d'Ivoire international spent eight campaigns with Manchester City in the Premier League. Toure appeared in 230 Premier League games, netting 59 goals and assisting 35 goals. He was a vital figure in City's three Premier League titles, one of which came under Pep Guardiola, the club's current manager. Toure, who is known for his tenacity in midfield and his tendency for long-range goals, scored 20 goals for City during their Premier League title-winning season in 2013-14.
Michael Essien | Chelsea
Michael Essien is regarded as one of the greatest defensive midfielders in Premier League history. Essien made 168 matches in the competition over a decade, all with Chelsea, hitting 17 goals and assisting on 11 occasions. Essien, proved to be worth his weight in gold in defensive midfield. The former Ghana international was one of the first names on Chelsea's squad sheet, breaking up opponent plays and kicking off attacks for his club.
Sadio Mane | Southampton, Liverpool
Sadio Mane is a member of one of the most successful Premier League player in history. The winger has had a tremendous amount of success in the English Premier League, particularly with his current team Liverpool. The Senegalese international has had a strong start to his 2021-22 season, scoring five goals thus far. With his recent goal, he became the third African player to score 100 Premier League goals.
Mohamed Salah | Chelsea, Liverpool
Mohamed Salah is currently regarded as one of the greatest players in the Premier League. In the competition, the prolific attacker has scored a century of goals, with all but three of his efforts coming for Liverpool. In each of his four full seasons with the Reds, he has scored at least 19 goals in the Premier League. Salah (104) became the joint-most prolific African scorer in Premier League history with his seventh goal against Watford on Saturday.
Didier Drogba | Chelsea
Didier Drogba is a living icon for Chelsea and the Premier League. During his nine-year stay with the Blues, the former Cote d'Ivoire international was the ultimate goal poacher, scoring goals for the pure pleasure of it. The 43-year-old, who has won the Premier League four times, has 104 goals and 64 assists in the league. In 2009-10, Drogba had his most productive season in the Premier League, scoring 29 goals and guiding Chelsea to their third league title in six years.
However, the players featured above are without a doubt the best to have ever represented Africa in the English Premier League. Furthermore, we have had and continue to have additional top African players in the Premier League. I won't exaggerating to opined that Africa has been blessed with superstars who have competed in the English Premier League.
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