There have been many great African footballers throughout history who have achieved incredible feats on the pitch, but unfortunately, the world player of the year award has not always recognized their talents. Here are three African football legends who many believe should have won the world player of the year award:
Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon)
Samuel Eto'o is another African football legend who many believe should have won the world player of the year award. He is the most decorated African footballer in history, having won the African footballer of the year award four times. Eto'o played for top clubs such as Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea, and was known for his clinical finishing, intelligent movement, and leadership qualities.
Abedi Pele (Ghana)
Abedi Pele is a Ghanaian football legend who was known for his incredible skill and creativity on the ball. He won the African footballer of the year award three times and was a key player in the Marseille team that won the UEFA Champions League in 1993. Pele was a versatile player who could play in midfield or attack, and was known for his vision, passing ability, and flair on the ball.
While these three African football legends may not have won the world player of the year award, they will always be remembered for their incredible contributions to the game of football and for paving the way for future generations of African footballers.
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
Didier Drogba is widely regarded as one of the greatest African footballers of all time. He won the African footballer of the year award twice and was a key player in Chelsea's success during his time at the club, helping them win four Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League. Drogba was known for his physicality, aerial ability, and clutch performances in important matches, and remains a beloved figure among fans of the sport around the world. Many feel he deserved to win the world player of the year award during his career, particularly in 2006 when he was a finalist but lost out to Italy's Fabio Cannavaro.
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