Right now, there are five of the top African players on the planet (2021)


Africa has become a hotbed for incredible football talent, and we know a number of world-class players from the continent. Several African players have made indelible contributions to the sport. Some examples are Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o, George Weah, Roger Milla, and Jay-Jay Okocha.

Even now, a slew of African players can be found playing in Europe’s top five leagues. The development of football at the grassroots level in Africa has been hampered by economic instability. National teams from across the continent, on the other hand, are rapidly gaining headway on their European, Asian, and American counterparts.

Let’s take a look at five of the best without further ado.

Senegal/Kalidou Napoli’s Koulibaly is ranked fifth.

SSC Napoli v FC Internazionale - Serie A

Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli was the most sought-after defender in the world just a few seasons ago. He’s been a rock at the back for the Partenopei, and Napoli has made it clear that they are not willing to give him up.

Manchester United and Manchester City have both been linked with him on numerous occasions. Koulibaly is an excellent example of a modern central defender. He is a powerful and aggressive fighter who can win aerial battles. Koulibaly is also technically skilled and has a strong feel for the ball.

He’s a smart athlete who knows how to read the game and make crucial interceptions for his team. Koulibaly’s smooth passing ability have also proved vital to Napoli’s play-out-from-the-back strategy.

4 Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal)

Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League

If this ranking had been prepared last year, Liverpool striker Sadio Mane would have placed higher on the list. Mane’s 2020-21 season was unimpressive by his usual standards, but he showed tremendous form towards the conclusion of the season.

Sadio Mane has been one of Liverpool’s better purchases in recent years. Mane is technically gifted and has a lightning fast speed. He’s a deceptive winger who can play on either flank and is also a tireless worker.

Mane was a key component in Liverpool’s Champions League and Premier League triumphs in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, respectively. In 48 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions last season, he scored 16 goals and added nine assists.

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