Although the quality of African football cannot be compared to that of European football, there have been some Africans who have achieved success even on the European continent.
Even now, we can count a large number of Africans playing World Class football in Europe, and today we will list the Best African Defenders of All Time.
Who do you think is the greatest African defender of all time?
5. William Troost-Ekong, Nigeria
Troost-Ekong would undoubtedly be the first to be mentioned if Watford’s promotion was to be congratulated.
The Nigerian international defender made his impact on the national team, helping his country qualify for the AFCON 2021 in style, scoring 14 goals and conceding seven in six AFCON qualification games.
4. Ramy Bensebaini, Algeria
One of Borussia Monchengladbach’s talking points this season was Bensebaini’s masterclass performance and goal in the 4-2 triumph over Borussia Dortmund.
Algeria qualified for AFCON 2021 in Cameroon at the top of their group, conceding just six goals in six games while scoring a whopping 19 goals thanks to this player.
3. Edmond Tapsoba, Burkina Faso
In the Bundesliga this season, Tapsoba made 31 appearances and scored once. His disciplinary record is impeccable, with only five yellow and no red cards to his name.
The teenage defender cemented his place in Burkina Faso’s back four by helping the team qualify for the AFCON 2021.
Burkina Faso only surrendered twice in six games in the AFCON qualifiers because of his mastery of the defense.
2. Achraf Hakimi (PSG), Morocco
Achraff played a key part in Morocco’s first four AFCON qualifying games, scoring once before suffering an injury forced him to miss the remainder of the qualifiers.
He scored the only goal in a friendly triumph over Burkina Faso last month after his return to the national team.
Hakimi, perhaps the best right-back in the world, joined PSG for €60 million from Inter Milan, making him the most expensive African defender ever.
1. Kalidou Koulibaly, Senegal
Koulibaly, a large, aggressive, quick, and physically strong but elegant player, has continued his excellent form in the 2020/21 season, helping Napoli qualify for the Europa League and leading Senegal to back-to-back wins over Guinea Bissau in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, ensuring their AFCON qualification.