8. Riyad Mahrez -Algeria
Coming from a poor family from Algeria who immigrated to France, Mahrez came to football in a very low-pitched manner, until it lit up with Leicester City last season.
17 goals and 11 assists of the 26-year-old midfielder is the main inspiration to help “Fox” go to the Premier League championship, even though the odds are only 5000/1 before the starting line.
7. Yaya Toure – Ivory Coast
Yaya Toure is one of the best central midfielders of African football. He has helped his club, Manchester City, win two Premier League titles in the last three years.
Previously, in the Barcelona shirt, Toure also played extremely well, and together with the Catalan giants won La Liga, the King’s Cup, the Champions League, and the World Cup clubs.
In early 2015, Toure helped Ivory Coast win the Cup of African Nations after beating Nigeria in the Final. In terms of individual titles, Toure won the title “Best African Player” for 4 consecutive years from 2011 to 2014.
6. Jay-Jay Okocha – Nigeria
Jay-Jay Okocha is one of Africa’s most technically skilled players with extreme dexterity and speed. During his career, Okocha did not play for many major European clubs except Paris Saint-Germain, but he was still known and loved by many fans.
The 1973 midfielder stormed the Premier League in the Bolton Wanderers shirt between 2002-2006. Okocha helped Nigeria win the Cup of African Nations in 1994 and every 7 years was voted Nigeria’s best player.
5. Roger Milla – Cameroon
It would be a big mistake without Roger Milla on this list. He is simply a legend of African football. The striker has great merit in helping the continent to make strides on the world football map. At the 1990 World Cup, even at the age of 38, Milla excelled at making Cameroon the first African team to participate in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Four years later, he went on to set another record. Roger Milla became the oldest player to play at the World Cup at the age of 42. In the year 2007, Milla was voted Africa’s Best Footballer for 50 years.