The Premier League has seen some incredible African talent over the years. Here is a ranking of the top five African players to have graced the English top flight:
5. Riyad Mahrez –
Algeria: Mahrez burst onto the Premier League scene in 2014 when he joined Leicester City from Le Havre. He played a pivotal role in Leicester’s historic title-winning campaign in 2015-16. After moving to Manchester City in 2018, he has continued to shine, winning five Premier League titles and becoming a key player for Pep Guardiola’s side.
4. Yaya Toure – Ivory Coast:
Toure was a dominant force in midfield during his time in the Premier League. Joining Manchester City in 2010, he played a crucial role in their success, including their first league title in 44 years in 2011-12. Toure was named African Footballer of the Year four times and his contributions to City will always be remembered.
3. Sadio Mane – Senegal:
Mane’s impact on Liverpool since joining from Southampton in 2014 cannot be understated. Forming a deadly attacking trio with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, Mane played a key role in Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League triumphs in 2019-20. His skill, pace, and goal-scoring ability make him one of Africa’s finest exports.
2. Didier Drogba –
Ivory Coast: Drogba is widely regarded as one of the greatest African players to have ever played in the Premier League. Joining Chelsea in 2004, he became a legend at Stamford Bridge, scoring crucial goals and leading the team to numerous titles, including four FA Cups and three Premier League titles. Drogba’s physicality and ability to score in big moments made him a feared striker.
1. Mohamed Salah –
Egypt: Salah’s impact on Liverpool since his arrival in 2017 has been nothing short of sensational. Despite a lackluster spell at Chelsea earlier in his career, Salah transformed into one of the best attackers in Premier League history. His record-breaking 32 goals in his first season at Liverpool helped the club win both the Premier League and Champions League. Salah’s skill, pace, and goal-scoring ability have made him Liverpool’s talisman and a true Premier League great. These five players have not only left their mark on the Premier League but have also become icons for African football. Their contributions to their respective clubs and the league as a whole will be remembered for years to come.