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FIFA 22: Who are the best African players?

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Find out here who are the best African players in FIFA 22 as we run down a list of 76 players from the continent based on their overall ability.

FIFA 22 is out. Whether you’re looking to become the next great gaffer in Career Mode or put together a dream team, knowing who are the best FIFA 22 African players is always a good place to start.

Even though legends like Samuel Eto’o and George Weah are retired, there is still a plethora of talent. Perhaps even more now than ever. Many new stars are plying their trade in Europe, and are among the biggest players in EA Sports’ latest edition of the popular FIFA game.

Who is the best African player in FIFA 22?

The title of the best player from Africa in FIFA 22 belongs to Mohamed Salah. EA Sports has ranked the Liverpool and Egypt forward as the 12th-best player in the game itself. He has an overall rating of 89.

Interestedly, Salah’s Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane also boasts an 89 rating but ranks 22nd in the overall list in comparison.

The Best African Players in FIFA 22

  • FW – Forward
  • MD – Midfielder
  • DF – Defender
  • GK – Goalkeeper
  • Nat. – Nationality

Taking the last 12 months into account, not a lot has changed from FIFA 21. Salah and Mane still lead the way as the best African players. The attackers, however, both got a -1 downgrade in EA Sports’ newest release, something which left them surprised.

From 1 to 20, here are the 20 best African players listed on FIFA 22’s official ratings.

#PlayerNat.PosClubRating
1)Mohamed Salah🇪🇬FWLiverpool89
2)Sadio Mane🇸🇳FWLiverpool89
3)Riyad Mahrez🇩🇿FWMan City86
4)Kalidou Koulibaly🇸🇳DFNapoli86
5)Achraf Hakimi🇲🇦DFPSG85
6)Wilfred Ndidi🇳🇬MDLeicester85
7)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang🇬🇦FWArsenal85
8)Franck Yannick Kessié🇨🇮MDAC Milan84
9)Hakim Ziyech🇲🇦MDChelsea84
10)Thomas Partey🇬🇭MDArsenal83
11)Édouard Mendy🇸🇳GKChelsea83
12)Joel Matip🇨🇲DFLiverpool83
13)Idrissa Gueye🇸🇳MDPSG82
14)Yassine Bounou🇲🇦GKSevilla82
15)Wilfried Zaha🇨🇮FWCrystal Palace82
16)Youssef En-Nesyri🇲🇦FWSevilla82
17)Andy Delort🇩🇿FWNice81
18)Nicolas Pepe🇨🇮FWArsenal81
19)Edmond Tapsoba🇧🇫DFLeverkusen81
20)Dakonam Djené🇹🇬DFGetafe81

21-40: Osimhen one to watch out for

Like in real life, Victor Osimhen is a striker to watch out for in FIFA 22. The 22-year-old is young, fast, and has a deadly eye for goal. If you keep him for a few seasons in Career Mode, you could have one of the very best African players and deadliest strikers in the world at your fingertips.

Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu has even tipped Osimhen to follow in his footsteps by winning the African Footballer of The Year prize.

Elsewhere, a 34-year-old Medhi Benatia isn’t doing bad with an 81 rating. Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita also features on this list in 24th place with a rating of 80, as does Manchester United defender Eric Bailly at 79.

#PlayerNat.PosClubRating
21)Medhi Benatia🇲🇦DFKaragümrük81
22)Ismaël Bennacer🇩🇿MDAC Milan80
23)Noussair Mazraoui🇲🇦DFAjax80
24)Naby Keita🇬🇳MDLiverpool80
25)Cédric Bakambu🇨🇩FWBeijing Guoan80
26)Victor Osimhen🇳🇬FWNigeria80
27)Sébastien Haller🇨🇮FWAjax80
28)Aïssa Mandi🇩🇿DFVillarreal80
29)Zouhair Feddal🇲🇦DFSporting CP80
30)Geoffrey Kondogbia🇨🇫MIDAtlético Madrid79
31)Yves Bissouma🇲🇱MDBrighton79
32)Hamari Traore🇲🇱DFRennes79
33)Ramy Bensebaini🇩🇿DFGladbach79
34)Munir🇲🇦FWSevilla79
35)Youssef El Arabi🇲🇦FWOlympiacos79
36)Paul Ebere Onuachu🇳🇬FWGenk79
37)Chancel Mbemba🇨🇩DFPorto79
38)Eric Bailly🇨🇮DFMan United79
39)Willy Boly🇨🇮DFWolves79
40)Rachid Ghezzal🇩🇿FWBeşiktaş79

41-60: Boateng & Moses stay the same

Former Premier League stars Kevin-Prince Boateng and Victor Moses are placed 42nd and 44th respectively in EA Sports’ latest rankings. The pair are both rated at 78, the same as FIFA 21.

#PlayerNat.PosClubRating
41)Seko Fofana🇨🇮MDLens78
42)Kevin-Prince Boateng🇬🇭FWHertha78
43)Clinton Mata🇦🇴DFClub Brugge78
44)Victor Moses🇳🇬MDSpartak78
45)Amadou Haidara🇲🇱MDLeipzig78
46)Alexandre Oukidja🇩🇿GKFC Metz78
47)Anthony Nwakaeme🇳🇬FWTrabzonspor78
48)Reinildo🇲🇿DFLille78
49)Cheikhou Kouyaté🇸🇳MDCrystal Palace78
50)Jovane Cabral🇨🇻FWSporting CP78
51)Abdou Diallo🇸🇳DFPSG78
52)Gaël Kakuta🇨🇩FWRC Lens78
53)Kelechi Iheanacho🇳🇬FWLeicester78
54)Romain Saïss🇲🇦DFWolves78
55)Karl Toko Ekambi🇨🇲FWLyon78
56)Ismaïla Sarr🇸🇳FWWatford78
57)Jean-Pierre Nsame🇨🇲FWYoung Boys78
58)Mady Camara🇬🇳MDOlympiacos77
59)Mohammed Kudus🇬🇭MDAjax77
60)Frank Acheampong🇬🇭FWShenzhen77

61-76: Chukwueze rounds off the final list

Capping off FIFA 22’s list of best African players, we have Hassane Kamara leading the charge in 61st place. The Ivorian left-back quickly established himself at Nice last season to star in Ligue 1 and the Europa League.

Also featuring is Aston Villa forward Bertrand Traoré and Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze.

#PlayerNat.PosClubRating
61)Hassane Kamara🇨🇮MDNice77
62)Adel Taarabt🇲🇦MDBenfica77
63)Arthur Masuaku🇨🇩DFWest Ham77
64)Ibrahim Sangaré🇨🇮MDPSV77
65)Faouzi Ghoulam🇩🇿DFNapoli77
66)Jean-Philippe Gbamin🇨🇮MDEverton77
67)Ellyes Skhiri🇹🇳MD1. FC Köln77
68)Moussa Marega🇲🇱FWAl Hilal77
69)Bertrand Traoré🇧🇫FWAston Villa77
70)Vincent Aboubakar🇨🇲FWAl-Nassr77
71)Tino Kadewere🇿🇼FWLyon77
72)Max-Alain Gradel🇨🇮MDSivasspor77
73)Ihlas Bebou🇹🇬FWHoffenheim77
74)Jeremie Boga🇨🇮MDSassuolo77
75)Mohamed Elneny🇪🇬MDArsenal77
76)Samuel Chukwueze🇳🇬FWVillarreal77
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