This article profiles the five finest Africans to have played in Serie A. AC Milan’s first-leg Champions League victory over Barcelona was marked by the central role African players played in the performance, and the continent’s influence over Italian football looks unlikely to cease anytime soon.
Two Ghanaians, Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari, scored the goals, while Stephen El Shaarawy and M'Baye Niang, born of Egyptian and Senegalese parents respectively, impressed. Guinean Kevin Constant and Malian Bakaye Traore also featured, and despite their eventual loss, the future looks bright for Milan following the Serie A return of Mario Balotelli.
This collection of players are the latest in a line of African stars to have graced the Italian top flight. In this piece, Bleacher Report’s African expert Ed Dove profiles the top five. As with my recent article considering African players in the Bundesliga, this article considers the greatest African players to have enjoyed even the briefest stay in Serie A, rather than the African players who have made the most impact within the league.
So apologies to you, Obafemi Martins.