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Drogba or Salah: Check out the best African player in EPL history

Didier Drogba was clearly regarded as the best African player to have played in the English Premier League until Mohamed Salah started making waves in recent seasons. It is now difficult to choose who has been the most impressive player between the two in the league.

Although Salah is 29 and can still stay in the Premier League for a few more years, Drogba has already retired. Notwithstanding, there are two ways to determine the best African player in EPL history between the two. These are through personal statistics and achievements with their respective clubs.

Statistics in EPL


Appearances: 254 / Wins: 172 / Losses: 30

Goals: 104

Goals per match: 0.41

Shots on target: 232 / Shot accuracy: 35%

Assists: 55 / Big chances created: 28


Appearances: 166 / Wins: 112 / Losses: 21

Goals: 104

Goals per match: 0.63

Shots on target: 268 / Shot accuracy: 45%

Assists: 38 / Big chances created: 59

Drogba played mainly as a centre-forward during his career while Mohamed Salah plays as a right winger. Yet, that hasn't stopped the Egyptian from surpassing the Chelsea hero statistically.

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In terms of goals, both players have the same number but Salah has scored his 104 goals in just 166 appearances, making him the fifth fastest player to reach a century of goals in the EPL. Drogba didn't make the top 10.

Achievements in EPL


Golden boots: 2

EPL champion: 4

Player of the month: 0

Player of the season: 0

Goal of the month: 0


Golden boots: 2

EPL champion: 1

Player of the month: 3

Player of the season: 1

Goal of the month: 1

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It is surprising that Drogba neither won a player of the month award nor was voted the player of the season in the EPL. All these are what Salah has achieved even though he has only won one EPL title compared to Drogba's 4.

Just as Drogba was important for Chelsea, Salah has also transformed Liverpool into a team that can compete domestically and in the Champions League. The Egyptian can still play in the EPL for more years but he has already proved that he is the best African player in the league's history.

All stats according to the EPL.

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