Ace Football checks out the top African goalscorers of all time in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1.
Countless talents have hailed from Africa over the years and made a lasting impact in Europe by dazzling fans with many unforgettable moments.
So which of these players have scored the most goals in Europe overall?
In this feature, Ace Football looks back on each of the top African scorers in history from each of Europe’s five biggest leagues in England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France.
Premier League – Mohamed Salah (121 goals)
The ‘Egyptian King’ surpassed Chelsea’s Ivorian legend Didier Drogba to become the all-time top African scorer in Premier League on October 24, 2021.
Despite a tough first stint at Chelsea, Mohamed Salah is now a household name at Liverpool. The merciless forward has regularly smashed defenses in England since his return in 2017. In five full seasons, he has already scored over 120 league goals at Anfield.
Salah added a third Golden Boot to his haul last season and hopes to add another in 2022/23, along with a second Premier League trophy with Liverpool.
La Liga – Samuel Eto’o (162 goals)
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The Cameroonian striker started life in La Liga at Real Madrid as a youngster. His time in the Spanish capital, though, was short-lived. He made just three league appearances for Los Blancos, having spent most of his time away on loan at Leganes and Espanyol.
A permanent €4.5 million move to Mallorca in January 2000, however, proved a game-changer. It was at the Balearic Islands where Samuel Eto’o first made his name. He scored 54 goals in only 133 games for the club and won the Copa del Rey.
A €27 million move to Barcelona followed in 2004. Eto’o continued where he left off in Mallorca by scoring countless more goals, while building formidable partnerships with Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry. Cameroon’s record goalscorer won three La Liga titles at Camp Nou.
Out of the five players on this list, Eto’o is the African player with the most goals in Europe overall.
Bundesliga – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (98 goals)
While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is better known for his exploits with Arsenal in the Premier League and FC Barcelona in LaLiga nowadays, it was in the Bundesliga where he made his name.
After spells in France and Italy, Aubameyang joined Borussia Dortmund in 2013. The striker spent the following five years hammering in the goals and becoming a chief rival for Robert Lewandowski.
The Gabon international won the Golden Boot in 2016/17 on an impressive 31 goals in 32 games. He surpassed ex-Eintracht Frankfurt and Ghana star Tony Yeboah as the top-scoring African in Bundesliga history in December 2017.
Serie A – George Weah (46 goals)
The current president of Liberia, and the only African Ballon winner to date, spent four seasons for AC Milan in Italy.
George Weah managed an impressive 46 goals and 33 assists in 114 league appearances. The former striker’s efforts helped AC Milan win two Serie A titles. He later had brief spells with Chelsea, Manchester City, Marseille, and Al-Jazira before hanging up his boots in 2003 aged 37.
Ligue 1 – Mamadou Niang (100 goals)
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Capping off the list of top African scorers in Europe’s top five leagues is Mamadou Niang.
The former Senegalese striker spent the bulk of his career in France. He started out at Troyes before going on to prolific spells at Strasbourg and Marseille, winning Ligue 1 with the latter.
Niang finished as Ligue 1’s top scorer in 2009/10 and won four trophies at Marseille. The striker later had spells with Fenerbahce, Al Sadd, Besiktas, and Arles-Avignon before retiring in 2015/16.