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AFCON Top Scorers: Who is leading the race for the Golden Boot?

Vincent Aboubakar, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane
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Ace Football presents a detailed guide of the 2021 AFCON top scorers and a list of the players who previously won the Golden Boot.

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The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final is finally here, meaning the Golden Boot winner will be declared at the end of the day.

Vincent Aboubakar has thrown down the gauntlet. The Cameroon captain has scored an incredible eight times, leaving him with a three-goal lead over teammate Karl Toko Ekambi in the AFCON top scorer’s race.

The likes of Sadio Mane (Senegal), Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Andre Ayew (Ghana), Max Gradel (Ivory Coast), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria), and Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) have also found the back of the net in this year’s competition.

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AFCON Top Scorers

Below is the list of players to score at least two goals in the current AFCON campaign.

RankPlayerCountryGoalsAssistsMatches
1.Vincent Aboubakar🇨🇲817
2.Karl Toko Ekambi🇨🇲507
3.Sadio Mane🇸🇳326
 Gabadinho Mhango🇲🇼303
 Ibrahima Kone🇲🇱304
 Sofiane Boufal🇲🇦305
7.Musa Barrow🇬🇲2 25
 Wahbi Khazri🇹🇳214
 Nicolas Pepe🇨🇮214
 Mohamed Salah🇪🇬2 16
 Ahmed Mogni🇰🇲204
 Jim Allevinah🇬🇦204
 Ablie Jallow🇬🇲204
 Achraf Hakimi🇲🇦205

Which players have won the Golden Boot?

Below is a list of every AFCON top scorer since 1957. This list includes every player to top the goal charts, even those who finished as a joint-top scorer – like Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba from 2012.

PlayerCountryTitlesYear/s
Laurent Pokou🇨🇮2x1968, 1970
Roger Milla🇨🇲2x1986, 1988
Abdoulaye Traore🇨🇮2x1986, 1988
Rashidi Yekini🇳🇬2x1992, 1994
Patrick Mboma🇨🇲2x2002, 2004
Francileudo dos Santos🇹🇳2x2004, 2006
Samuel Eto’o🇨🇲2x2006, 2008
Ad El Diba🇪🇬1x1957
Mahmoud Al Gohari🇪🇬1x1959
Mohamed Al Badawi🇪🇬1x1962
Worku Mengistu🇪🇹1x1962
Ahmed Al Chazli🇪🇬1x1963
Osei Kofi🇬🇭1x1965
Eustace Mangli🇨🇮1x1965
Salif Keita🇲🇱1x1972
Mulamba Ndaye🇨🇩1x1974
William Njo Lea🇬🇳1x1976
Phillip Omondi🇺🇬1x1978
Segun Odegbami🇳🇬1x1980
George Al Hassan🇬🇭1x1982
Taher Abou Zeid🇪🇬1x1984
Lakhdar Belloumi🇩🇿1x1988
Gamal Abdelhamid🇪🇬1x1988
Djamel Menad🇩🇿1x1990
Kalusha Bwalya🇿🇲1x1996
Hossam Hassan🇪🇬1x1998
Benni McCarthy🇿🇦1x1998
Shaun Bartlett🇿🇦1x2000
Salomon Olembe🇨🇲1x2002
Julius Aghahowa🇳🇬1x2002
Frederic Kanoute🇲🇱1x2004
Jay-Jay Okocha🇳🇬1x2004
Youssef Mokhtari🇲🇦1x2004
Ahmed Hassan🇪🇬1x2006
Mohamed Nagui🇪🇬1x2010
Manucho🇦🇴1x2012
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang🇬🇦1x2012
Didier Drogba🇨🇮1x2012
Cheick Tidiane Diabate🇲🇱1x2012
Houcine Kharja🇲🇦1x2012
Chris Katongo🇿🇲1x2012
Emmanuel Mayuka🇿🇲1x2012
Emmanuel Emenike🇳🇬1x2013
Mubarak Wakaso🇬🇭1x2013
Ahmed Akaichi🇹🇳1x2015
Andre Ayew🇬🇭1x2015
Dieumerci Mbokani🇨🇩1x2015
Javier Balboa🇬🇶1x2015
Thievy Biffouma🇨🇬1x2015
Junior Kabananga🇨🇩1x2017
Odion Ighalo🇳🇬1x2019