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Top 5 African footballers in the world right now

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Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea - Premier League
Victor Moses just misses the cut

African players have been the talk of the town for quite some time now. In recent years, there has been a real surge in talent coming out of that continent and succeeding at the top level. The Premier League, in particular, is already home to some of the finest African players at the moment and one can expect more to turn up on the big stages in the near future.

Thus, a search for the top players from the Rainbow Land ends up majorly in the Premier League and naturally, England is home to the majority of top 5 Africans in the world right now. Chelsea's Victor Moses, Tottenham's Victor Wanyama, and Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez do not make into the top 5. So, let's have a look at the ones who make it to the list.

#5 Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli and Senegal)

SSC Napoli v Hellas Verona FC - Serie A
Koulibaly is a wanted man across Europe

The only defender on this list, Koulibaly has been a defensive rock for Maurizio Sarri's side as they inch closer towards bringing back the Scudetto to Naples after 28 years. The Senegalese joined Napoli back in 2014 and has grown into one of the best defenders in world football over the past few years.

Koulibaly is terrific in the air, can pass like any other top defender and is brilliant at reading the game. Now, combine his versatility to play anywhere in a three or four-man defense and there is a recipe for the complete modern-day center-back.

No wonder, the 26-year old is being linked to several top clubs across Europe including the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea. Irrespective of whether he wins the Serie A this season, Koulibaly is already one of the top defenders in Europe and a big move will further increase his standing in the footballing world.

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