Who is the greatest African player in Premier League history? 🤔

Join us for an engaging discussion as we delve into the legacy of African football excellence in the Premier League. From electrifying goals to unmatched skill, we’ll explore the impact and contributions of the greatest African players to grace the English top-flight.

Let’s celebrate their achievements and share our insights on their remarkable journeys. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to honor the icons of African football.

Feel free to share your thoughts.


I’ll go with Didier Drogba :crown:

Following his £24m transfer from Marseille in the summer of 2004, the Ivorian striker initially faced challenges adjusting, but eventually earned recognition as one of Chelsea’s greatest players during his first spell at the club.

Drogba, who scored 157 goals in 341 matches, played a pivotal role as Chelsea clinched their inaugural Champions League trophy in 2012 by defeating Bayern Munich. Returning to west London for the 2014/15 season, he secured his fourth Premier League title along with four FA Cups and three League Cups.

Drogba’s impact transcended mere statistics; he is remembered as a defining center-forward in Premier League history, blending power and finesse to dominate the pitch and bolster midfield superiority single-handedly.


For me am taking Mohammed sallah

One of the greatest Africans to have ever played this lovely game. The winger has continuously proven himself after being let go by Chelsea on a number of loan stints and subsequently moving permanently to AS Roma. He has won both the Premier League and the Champions League since his arrival. Along with scoring 32 goals in 2017–18 and 22 goals in 2018–19, he also won the Golden Boot twice. Additionally, Salah has received three Professional Footballers Association (PFA) award.


The greatest African player in Premier League history is Mohamed Salah (Egypt), followed by Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast), and Sadio Mane (Senegal).

Other notable African players in the Premier League include:

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
  • Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
  • Wilfried Zaha
  • Steven Pienaar (South Africa)
  • Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast)
  • Tony Yeboah (Ghana)
  • Lauren (Cameroon)
  • Lucas Radebe (South Africa)
  • John Obi Mikel (Nigeria)
  • Yakubu Ayegbeni (Nigeria)
  • Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo)
  • Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast)
  • Celestine Babayaro (Nigeria)
  • Michael Essien (Ghana)
  • Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria)

Didier Drogba and Mohamed Salah are two of the greatest African players in Premier League history, each with their own unique achievements.

Didier Drogba: Chelsea (2004-2012), (2014-15)

  • 104 Premier League goals
  • 64 assists
  • 254 appearances
  • 4 English Premier League titles
  • 4 FA Cups
  • 2 League Cups
  • 2 African Footballer of the Year awards
  • Chelsea’s all-time top scorer

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool (2017-Present)

  • 205 Premier League goals (as of Feb 18, 2024)
  • 89 assists
  • 333 appearances
  • 1 Premier League title
  • 1 Champions League title
  • 1 FA Cup
  • English League Cup
  • 1 UEFA Super cup
  • 1 FIFA Club World Cup Title
  • 2 African Footballer of the Year awards
  • Liverpool’s all-time top African scorer

It is difficult to compare the two players as they played in different eras and positions. While Salah has surpassed Drogba in Premier League goalscoring, Drogba has more titles won with Chelsea and a longer career in the Premier League.


Samuel Eto is the Greatest African Player ever in my opinion.

Samuel Eto’o has an impressive list of achievements, including:

  1. Winning the African Cup of Nations with Cameroon in 2000 and 2002.
  2. Becoming the all-time leading goal scorer in African Cup of Nations history.
  3. Winning the UEFA Champions League four times with Barcelona (2006, 2009), Inter Milan (2010), and as a key player for Barcelona (2006), he scored in both the final and the semi-final.
  4. Winning numerous domestic league titles, including La Liga with Barcelona and Serie A with Inter Milan.
  5. Winning the African Player of the Year award multiple times (2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010).
  6. Being named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI several times.
  7. Representing top clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea, and others throughout his career.
  8. Scoring over 300 career goals for club and country.

These achievements highlight Eto’o’s exceptional skill and success in both domestic and international football.