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Top 5 African Players in Premier League History

Mohamed Salah
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Ace Football reveals the crème de la crème of African players in Premier League history. Who stands at the top as the greatest of all time?

The Premier League is a worldwide display of football talent, and African players have had a significant impact. They have not only contributed on the field but also influenced the league’s story and added diversity. Recognizing the important role these African football icons have played is not just about their amazing skills, but also about acknowledging the cultural diversity they have brought to the history of the Premier League.

5. Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez’s journey in the Premier League was a story of success and reliability. The Algerian had his biggest impact during Leicester City’s historic 2015/16 title-winning season. He was named PFA Player of the Year and played a pivotal role in Leicester’s success, scoring 17 goals in 37 appearances. Mahrez’s consistent performance made him one of the league’s most dependable players. He ended his Premier League career in 2023 to move to Al-Ahli after helping Manchester City win a historic treble.

4. Sadio Mane

From scoring the quickest Premier League hat-trick to being named Liverpool’s Player of the Year in 2016/17, Sadio Mane’s accomplishments made a lasting impact. His dynamic presence in Liverpool’s attack played a key role in the club’s success. He became a Premier League and Champions League winner. The Golden Boot also came his way, before he took his talents to Bayern Munich in 2022 and later Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia.

3. Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure’s impact in the Premier League was immediate, with his debut season in 2010 setting the stage for dominance. Key roles in Manchester City’s FA Cup victory (2011/12) and the 2013/14 Premier League title exemplified his influence. Toure’s excellence, showcased through 59 Premier League goals, solidified his status as one of the most dominant midfielders in league history. Despite facing challenges under Pep Guardiola, Toure’s triumphant third Premier League crown in 2017/18 cemented his legacy.

2. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba’s journey at Chelsea began with struggles in 2004, but his subsequent transformation defined him as one of the club’s greatest. Without a doubt, the Ivorian is one of the best African players in Premier League history. Instrumental in Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League victory and a key figure upon his return in 2014/15, Drogba’s legacy as a defining center-forward in Premier League history is undeniable.

1. Mohamed Salah

Ranking top of the best African players in Premier League history is Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian King’s challenging start with Chelsea gave way to a remarkable comeback with Liverpool. Scoring over 150 goals, his continued high-level performance is matched only by his ability to turn games with moments of magic. Recognized as an unstoppable force, Salah’s ongoing influence ensures his place as one of the Premier League’s dynamic and enduring talents.