Five African Footballers that Deserve International Recognition
Football (Also called Soccer0 Is the most popular, played, and most viewed, richest sport in the entirety of mankind.
With international competitions, all teams must battle time to time to determine the victor and who is better amongst the two.
This now falls on the independent players, as they make up the teams that played.
Many great Footballers have emerged from the African Continent, but here we are going to look at five of the top athletes whose performance cannot be overlooked.
List of the Five African Footballers that Deserve International Recognition
5. Larbi Ben Barek
Larbi Ben Barek was a Moroccan athlete that lived from 1917-1992. He was a terrific goal-scorer with awesome football skills.
Barek was very tactful and to the point in all of his matches, impressing his viewers from all other the world.
Also, Larbi Ben Barek is the first non-African-born player to win the African Footballer of the Year award. He played among renowned teams such as the Olympique Marseille, France National Football Team, and Us Marocaine Casablanca.
His great goal-scoring record with Mali never translated to continental honors, and he never won a major league or the Champions League to match excellent scoring rates at Sevilla and West Ham. He had to settle for a haul of cup triumphs.
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4. John Obi Michael
Born in the year 1987, the Nigeria born athlete rose to stardom and have become one of the most popular African top-performing football player.
Michael has received a lot of criticism throughout his career, but the honors he has racked up at Chelsea, as well as his talismanic, inspiration to Nigeria’s recent Cup of Nations triumph, put him firmly in the running.
Mikel Obi has featured in about 28 Premier League Campaigns. He has won a lot of trophies such as; Premier League, FA Cup, NM Cupen, League Cup, Community shield.
He has also displayed excellence at the national level in the likes of the Africa Cup of Nations, at the club International level UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club Work
Only a major achievement or two away from confirming his spot among the continent’s finest ever players.
3. El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf was born in January 1981. He is a Senegalese former professional footballer. Throughout his career, Diouf played as a winger or a forward.
This was a one-time star Senegal athlete and was arguably the most talented of the Teranga lions Golden Generation.
The two-time African Footballer of the Year has never managed to build on his promise of the early 2000s.
Too much time spent away from the elite level and his failings at Liverpool has resulted in a disappointing career.
The then 21-year-old African footballer netted 10 times in 26 Ligue 1 appearances.
2. Fredric kanoute
Second, on our list is Fredic Kanoute!
Fredric kanoute was born in September 1977. Fredric was a Malian-French former professional footballer who played as a striker for several top-tier clubs in Europe.
Kanoute was named the 2007 African Footballer of the year. He was the first African born outside to win the award.
He was a terrific goal-scorer and the first non-African-born player to win the African Footballer of the Year award.
His great goal-scoring record with Mali never translated to continental honors, and he never won a major league or the Champions League to match excellent scoring rates at Sevilla and West Ham.
He had to settle for a haul of cup triumphs.
1. Badou Ezaki
Born 2nd April 1959, Badou Ezaki was nicknamed Zaki during his career years. He was a great player who represented Association Sale, Wydad Casablanca, RCD Mallorca, and Faith Union Sport.
He’s had a 17 years length of professional career. A great stopper who represented Morocco during a strong era for North African sides.
Zaki appeared for the Moroccan national team in the 1986 FIFA World Cup of Nations. In 2006, Zaki was selected by the Confederation of African Football as one of the best 200 African footballers of the last 50 years.
He enjoyed outstanding seasons in La Liga for Mallorca, rather than one of the division’s truly top teams.
So there you have it. The top 5 of the African athletes have done tremendously well in representing their countries in the game of football.
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