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5 most expensive African footballers of all time

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Islam Slimani

From Jay Jay Okocha's breathtaking skills to Didier Drogba's sharp shooting, African footballers have illuminated the European leagues time and again.

African powerhouses like Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon have always supplied talented footballers to the European leagues, but recently, lesser known footballing countries such as Egypt, Algeria, and Guinea have started churning out one top player after another.

In light of recent high profile transfers of African footballers, let's take a look at the top 5 expensive African footballers of all time.

#5 Islam Slimani

The Algerian hitman made headlines when he joined Leicester City on 31st August 2016 for a reported fee of £29 million. Slimani found the back of the net 48 times in 82 appearances for Sporting CP, and Claudio Ranieri hoped that he could repeat his exploits for the Foxes. Slimani, a big, powerful centre forward provided the much-needed variation in Leicester's attack which mostly depended on Vardy's pace.

Slimani scored only seven times for Leicester in the 2016-17 season and will hope to have a larger impact this season to justify his position as one of the most expensive African footballers!

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