Europe’s continental club competitions have each come down to the final eight contenders. The round of 16 in both the Champions League and the Europa League were hotly contested, but as the numbers were halved once again, only the finest sides remain.
Among them are a number of African stars who look set to play key roles between now and the season’s end.
Some of these men are set to compete in the summer’s World Cup; others are fighting on several fronts, with domestic glory still within the realms of possibility. For all of them, however, victory in either of Europe’s continental competitions remains a primary ambition.
This article celebrates five who are likely to be influential between now and the end of the season.