The 50 Greatest African Players of All Time

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The 50 Greatest African Players of All Time
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This article profiles the 50 greatest African players in history.

In compiling into this list I have considered players from the last 100 years, both those who represented African nations in the international arena and those who didn’t, as well as those who played in Europe and those who didn’t.

Cutting down an original shortlist that ran to almost 200 players was not easy, but considering each player’s career by breaking down their individual honours, their international honours and their club honours have given me a "way in" and a clear system with which to evaluate decades of wonderful players.

This approach has therefore promoted players that have achieved a great deal, those at the elite end of the sport—the champions—rather than those with outstanding ability but without the honours to back up their talents.

Thus, the successful Nigerian team of the early- to mid-1990s, the Cameroon team that emerged in 2000 and the Egyptian side that dominated the last decade of competition are all very strongly represented.

However, some wonderful African talents have missed out altogether—a handful of key names are considered on the following slide.

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