1. Seydou Keita

He joined Barcelona for 14 million euros in 2008 and had his greatest season with the Catalan giants.

 

 

He was the club’s first Malian player, making 119 games and scoring 16 goals. With the club, he also won 14 titles.

Keita began representing his country on the international scene when he was 18 years old.

He was capped 102 times and scored 25 goals while playing in seven Africa Cup of Nations games.

He was able to play for clubs in Spain, France, Qatar, Italy, and China as a result of his ability as an energetic midfielder.

Keita has two UCL titles, three La Liga titles, one Ligue One title, and two FIFA global club titles to his credit.

2. Yaya Toure

He played for Barcelona, Manchester City, and the Ivory Coast national team, and earned various honors during his time there.

In 2009, he was named Ivory Coast Player of the Year, and from 2011 to 2014, he was named African Footballer of the Year.

 

 

He was named BBC African Footballer of the Year as well as Manchester City Player of the Year in the 2013/2014 season.

Toure was a member of the Ivory Coast national team in 2006, 2010, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scoring 19 goals in 101 appearances.

Toure has three Premier League titles, one UCL title, one FA Cup, three English league cups, and two La Liga titles.

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3. Lakdar Belkoumi

Lakhdar is considered one of Africa’s top players and the greatest Algerian player of all time.

 

 

With 100 caps and 28 goals, he is Algeria’s most capped player.

He won the Algerian League goalscorer award for the 1979-1978 season, as well as the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations best forward award.

He was named African Footballer of the Year in 1981, and with two goals in the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations, he was named goal scorer.

In 2009, he was also voted Algerian Footballer of the Century.

While playing for GC Mascara, Belkoumi won the Algerian title.

4. Michael Essien

 

 

In his prime, Essien was regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world.

In October 2004, he was selected Ligue One Player of the Month, and in 2004/2005, he was crowned Ligue One Player of the Year.

For the 2006/2007 season, he was named BBC African Footballer of the Year and Chelsea Player of the Year.

Essien was selected Ghanaian Player of the Year in 2007.

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He played for Ghana 58 times and scored eight goals during that time.

5. Abedi Pele

He is one of the greatest African footballers of all time, as well as one of the best players of his generation.

 

 

He was named BBC African Footballer of the Year in 1991, as well as African Footballer of the Year in the same year. He earned the African Nations Cup’s golden ball in 1992. In 1993, Abedi was named Ghana’s Footballer of the Year.

He was capped in 73 matches for Ghana and scored 19 goals between 1982 and 1998.

Pele was the winner of one Africa Cup of Nations, one Champions League, three Ligue 1 titles, and one UAE title.

6. John Obi Mikel

He was named the FIFA World Youth Championship silver ball winner in 2005 and the CAF’s most promising talent the same year, as well as the Chelsea Young Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

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Mikel is best known for his time at Chelsea when he won the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

He was capped 91 times for Nigeria, scoring six goals in the process, and winning the Africa Nations Cup.

7. Jay-Jay Okocha

Due to his skills and performance, Pele, a Brazilian great, rated him one of the top 125 footballers alive in March 2004. In Germany, he received the goal of the year award in 1993.

 

In 1995, 1997, and 2000, he was awarded Nigerian Footballer of the Year. From 2002 to 2005, he repeated the feat.

He was named BBC Goal of the Month in April 2003, as well as BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2003 and 2004. He was also named Premier League Player of the Month in November 2003.

In 2004, he has crowned the African Cup of Nations top scorer as well as the best player of the tournament.

He made 73 appearances for the Nigerian national team, scoring 14 goals.

Jay Jay Okocha is a gold Olympic medalist and the winner of the Olympic Ligue One.

 

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