Top 10 African Players in the world right now
After Europe and South America, no continent has supplemented the football world with world class footballers like Africa has. Some of the modern day greats like Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Jay-Jay Okocha are all gems of the African continent.
Africa’s influence on football has been growing over the years although it might not reflect directly. For example, many stars playing for countries like France, Belgium and France are players of African origin who chose to play for their country of birth. The best example of such players is former world’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba.
Nevertheless, there are still numerous players who play for African countries and have also made a significant impact in Europe’s top leagues. One such example is Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City who was named the PFA Player of the Year as his side pulled off an unthinkable title win.
Mahrez is only one of many top players from Africa who are among the best in the world right now and hence, here is a list of top 10 African players in the world right now.
Honourable mentions: Franck Kessie, Victor Moses, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Medhi Benatia and Vincent Aboubakar
#10. Victor Wanyama - Kenya and Tottenham Hotspur
Kenya’s captain, Victor Wanyama, is a player who has gone from strength to strength in British football over the years. Having joined Celtic in 2011, he made a step up to the Premier League in 2013 with Southampton before following his manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham Hotspur in 2016.
Wanyama is a strong, powerful and athletic defensive midfielder who does a brilliant job protecting the centre-backs. His team, Spurs, play a highly offensive brand of football with the fullbacks pushing high up the pitch and it is Wanyama’s towering presence that makes life easy for the defenders.
His ability to break up the opposition's play and win the ball is crucial to Tottenham’s attacking play. Last season in every 90 minutes, he won 1.88 tackles, made 1.11 interceptions and made 2.18 clearances.
At Southampton, Wanyama scored only 4 goals in 97 appearances across 3 seasons, which shows that he doesn’t contribute a lot offensively. However, at Spurs, he scored 5 goals in 47 games in his first season.