All those teams came agonizingly close to a berth in the semi finals, all losing either in extra time or on penalties. Mahmoud Abbas is the best goalkeeper to have played for Kenya’s national team. Roger Milla was one of the first African players to achieve worldwide acclaim, largely down to his performances in three World Cups in a staggering international career spanning almost 22 years.

The Algerian player was a force to reckon with in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Today, over 150 years later, it is the most popular. He was the first runner up in the African Footballer of the Year award in 2008 and one of five nominees for the 2006 award. Now well into his 30s, Aboutrika concedes time is running out. He has made 134 appearances for the City and scored 38 goals. He also won the African Cup of Nations in 2006 with his country’s national team. His four African Cup of Nation wins is a record no other player can match, and over the course of three tournaments he didn't concede a single goal and was named in the 'Team of the Tournament' on each occasion.

Managers of Barcelona and Juventus had expressed interest in Belloumi and he even received high praise from the great Pele after the Brazilian witnessed him play. Hossam Hassan is regarded as one of the best players to come out of Egypt. Stewart Coggin has written about the sport of soccer since 2002. A titan in the center of midfield, Toure is one of the most complete players in world soccer and has the ability to change a game in the blink of an eye.

South Africa hosted the first World Cup on the continent in 2010 and it is hoped that the legacy of the tournament will continue the sharp progress of African football. The bus with Adebayor and other Togolese players was under a gunfire attack when the team was heading to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. This includes winning FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010 when Jose Mourinho was the manager. African footballers are known to give back to society. He played at the age of 42 and was known to have scored 405 goals as a footballer. Essien’s arrival at Chelsea coincided with the most successful period in the club’s history.

When you are thinking of an amazing footballer, you cannot forget Yaya. Even after being put down by illness and having a heart procedure, the Nigerian centre-forward came back. He was born on 20th July 1955 and was a first-team player at two World Cups for Cameroon.
He died after a long illness in 2017. One of the star's exceptional skills was dribbling a whole side. Okocha pulled of pieces of skill and trickery others wouldn't even attempt with ease, making him a joy to watch. Salah Assad scored two goals at the FIFA World Cup in 1982 and 1986. See instructions, Central Africa: The 9 Central African Countries. Benni McCarthy. As well as his footballing ability, Milla is also regarded as the founder of the modern, unusual goal celebrations that have become common place in the game today. Rabah has a record of nine significant trophies with FC Porto and netted in more than 150 goals. The player won two Cup of Nations, Olympic gold, and played for Indomitable Lions in 3 World Cups. Pele predicted that by 2000 an African nation would have won a World Cup. Typical Steoreotypes of the African continent must be altered. The World's Most Entertaining Car Website, Hell In A Cell: 5 Reasons Jey Uso Should Win (& 5 Reasons Roman Reigns Should Retain), The 10 Best Wrestlers In AEW's First Year, 10 WWE World Champions With The Most Intercontinental Title Reigns, 5 Best Tandems To Never Win WWE Tag Team Titles (& 5 Worst Who Won It), Every Version Of Matt Hardy, Ranked From Worst To Best, 10 ECW Wrestlers Who Fell One Title Short Of A Triple Crown, 10 Wrestling Talents Who Don't Get Along With JBL (& Why), Ranking The Top Wrestling Star Of Every Year For The Last Decade, 10 Most Controversial Things To Happen In AEW, 10 Wrestlers That John Cena Could Never Defeat, 10 Backstage Stories About Rey Mysterio Fans Should Know, Why Randy Orton Should Break Ric Flair's Title Record (& Why John Cena Should), 5 Best Opponents For The Fiend After Getting Drafted RAW, 10 New Generation Performers Who Were In The Wrong Era, Every Version Of Finn Balor, Ranked From Worst To Best, Seth Rollins & 9 Others Who Donned Awesome Special White Attire, One Time WWE World Champions Ranked Worst To Best, 10 Year-Long Championship Reigns That Were Actually Pretty Terrible, 5 Times Triple H Was The Best Member Of The Evolution (& 5 Times He Was The Worst). He was so good in dribbling that it was difficult to differentiate if he was a Nigerian or a Brazilian. Madjer was crowned as the best Algerian footballer in the 20th century. The ambitious Russian club wanted a marquee signing and Eto’o’s consistency for Mallorca, Barcelona and Inter Milan convinced them that he was their man. Benni McCarthy is hailed as the South African national team's all-time top scorer, having netted in 31 goals. In 2012, he was voted Chelsea's greatest player of all time, he is their fourth top scorer of all-time and the Ivory Coast's all-time top scorer. The Algerian fotball legend played from 1975 to 1992. Many ply their trade in the top European leagues or even venture out to Asia.