Soccer is the most played, watched and wagered on sport in Africa. It is enjoyed by all cultures and played by all ages. Some of the most extraordinary football talents come from the African Continent, and we list some of the greatest talents.
Is one of the players that earned international honours: Olympic Gold, 1 UEFA Champions League, U-17 World Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 2 Nigerian Premier Leagues, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 3 Eredivisie’s, 2 Premier Leagues, 1 UEFA Cup, 3 FA Cups, and 1 FA Community Shield
Born in Nigeria in 1976 he enjoyed tremendous success at international and club level, although he failed to guide the Super Eagles to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 when they become runners-up. Internationally he won the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan, Champions League with Ajax, two Premier League titles with Arsenal, in the 2008 triumph with Portsmouth he scored the winning goal.
Born in 1981 in Cameroon, Eto’o’s international honours include 2 AFCONs, Olympic Gold Club honours, 2 Spanish Super Cups, 2 Copa Del Reys, 1 Serie A, 3 La Ligas, 2 Supercoppa Italiana, 3 UEFA Champions Leagues, 2 Coppa Italia as well as 1 FIFA Club World Cup. He also earned African Player of the Year times.
Samuel Eto’o is the finest player ever to come from Africa, and a won two Africa Cup of Nations and as a teenager an Olympic Gold. His club career includes huge success with Barcelona and Internazionale. He accumulated four domestic league titles, three UEFA Champions League titles as well as numerous cups. At one stage he racked up 50 goals for Cameroon.
Pele was born in November 1964 in Ghana and is still one of the most favoured and famed players in Africa and Internationally. His impressive list of international honours includes 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UAE President’s Cup, 2 French Ligues, 1 Qatar Cup, 1 UAE Pro League. Abedi Pele is also the three time winner of the prestigious African Football Player of the Year Award while Pele is still recognised as the greatest soccer player in Ghana.
Abedi Pele also led the Black Stars to victory in 1982 in the Africa Cup of Nations, which was the team’s last triumph in the competition. Pele was the1992 AFCON best player when Ivory Coast won against Ghana in the final. A sad fact is that he never got to play at a World Cup.
Pele’s Success at Club Level
The greatest success for Abedi Pele came with French giants Olympique Marseille. Here the African legend won two Ligue 1 titles as well as the UEFA 1992/93 Champions League. His legacy remains alive via his sons Jordan, Andre, and Ibrahim Ayew, who all three became professional footballers. Pele is not only the greatest pioneer in Europe of African football but also the best player in Africa. Including properties, stocks, private planes, yacht’s and other luxuries, Pele’s net worth is $22 million.