Not such a dark continent after all. Africa has provided some entertaining footballers. It is a travesty that the continent has only produced 1 Ballon D’or winner and no world cup winners. But I think Africa is not far off. Here is my best ever from the mother continent.
He is one of the most prolific strikers Africa has ever produced. He rose to prominence at German side Eintract Frankfurt in the early 90s before joining a competitive Leeds United. At Elland Road ,he scored some beauties even winning the player of the season there in 1995. He is his best goals from his time there. He was eventually shipped off back to the Bundesliga at the behest of boring George Graham(one nill to the ARSEnal)in 1997.
I have always wondered why African goal keepers rarely make the grade in Europe. With the exception of Andre Obama,there are no goalkeeper of note from the continent. But in the 1980s there was an exceptional cameroonian with spider man like agility. Thomas N’kono made his name in Barcelona,Spain with RCD Espanyol. At national level he featured in 2 World cups 1982 and 1990. He famously kept a clean sheet against a Diego Maradona led Argentina in the later tournament
The Algerian pele. He won the UEFA European up with FC Porto in 1987 and the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria in 1990. Enjoy his skills.
7. Didier Drogba
Born in France to Ivorian parents,his devotion to the Ivory Coast was never in question. He first made profession debut at French outfit Guingamp before catching the eye at Olympique Marseille. On arriving at Stamford Bridge,Jose Mourinho made him his top target. It is at Chelsea where Didier won everything club football has to offer.
The Zambian legend came to the world stage at the Seoul Olympics of 1988. His hat trick against Italy was the stuff of legends. In Europe he is best remembered at PSV where he established himself as their best number 10. He is of course a former African footballer of the year.
Another Olympic games hero. He famously led Nigeria to gold in 1996 with arguably the best Nigerian side ever. He won the UEFA champions league with Ajax in 1995. He was diagnosed with a heart ailment and underwent corrective surgery in the US not so long after Atlanta 96.He went on to feature for Inter,Arsenal and Portsmouth in the English PREMIERSHIP.
He needs no introduction. Part of the reason for City emergence as a footballing force. He is still going strong in China.
3. Abedi Ayew
Not only did they name him pele,to top it off he passed his footballing genes to his two sons. Another UCL winner with Marseille before it was so cruelly or should I say justifiably taken from them(Bernard Tapie way to go)