The best 3 African football players of all time
All the great football champions are part of special rankings just for them. These rankings take into consideration the trophies they won, the number of goals they have scored and the games they have played, their performances with the clubs and national teams, but also the importance of the “character” within a wider panorama.
Taking data and statistics you can easily identify the players who have scored the most goals or those who have played more games. You can indicate the football players who have won the most trophies with their team and those who have won the most individual awards.
However, it is always difficult to outline who are the best players in history, because there are too many things to take into consideration. In this article we will talk about the three best African footballers of all time, taking into consideration their careers, the social influence they have had for the African football news and the awards they have obtained.
George Weah – The first and last Afrian footballer to win the Ballon d’Or
George Weah is without a doubt not only one of the best African players in history, but also one of the most influential figures on the continent’s social landscape. His importance goes beyond the football field, as he has always been active in the political field to improve the condition of the inhabitants of his own country, Lebanon, of which he has been president since 2018.
George Weah’s international career began in Europe, moving to the French side of Monaco in 1988. With the Monegasques the Liberian striker scored 47 goals in 103 games, repeating his excellent performances in France in three years playing for PSG.
His best period, however, are the years between 1995 and 2000, playing in Italy for AC Milan, one of the most successful teams in the world. Just in 1995 Weah was the first non-European footballer to win the Ballon d’Or, entering the history of the African continent. In total, Weah has scored 194 goals in 413 official matches playing with different clubs. The Lebanese striker retired from football in 2003.
Abedi Pelè – Ghanian legend
Abedi “Pelè” Ayew is considered, after George Weah, one of the best footballers of all time in Africa. His fame is basically linked to the seasons spent in Ligue 1 playing with Lille, Lyon and above all with Marseille. With Olympique de Marseille Abedi Pele lived the best years of his career, winning the Champions League as a protagonist in 1993 and winning the title of “Best African Footballer”.
Abedi Pele’s career lasted 20 years, from 1980 to 2000, when he retired from football after two excellent seasons with Al Ain, at the age of 36. Abedi Pele is the father of two of the best African footballers of recent years, Jordan and Andrè Ayew, who play in the Premier League. In his career he scored 157 goals in 479 matches. At the moment he is the president as well as the head coach of Nania, in Ghana.
Samuel Eto’o – The best african player in the early 2000s
Samuel Eto’o is undoubtedly the best African footballer of the early 2000s. The Cameroonian player has won all the most important trophies, such as the Champions League (with Barcelona and Inter), being the Best African Football Player in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. .
Many criticized the France Football experts as they preferred to award the Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi, still at the beginning of his career, while Eto’o had been the true leader of Barcelona that season. In total, the Cameroonian striker has scored 293 goals in 19 years as a professional footballer, reaching the pinnacle with Barcelona (108 goals in 144 matches)