One of the few cases that an international tournament supersedes club play, the African Cup of Nations is one of the best international tournaments in the world, and this January and February, it takes place in both Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
It is also at this time that many squads will lose some of their most influential players. With squads such as Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all losing multiple players to this tournament, the entire Premier League race could shift dramatically in this one-month span.
This year's African Cup of Nations contains some of Africa's best talent. Here are the 10 most influential players that will be lost during this year's edition of the tournament.