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Top 5 African footballers of the past 20 years (1998-2018)

Jidonu Mauyon
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27 Mar 2018, 10:17 IST

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Like other continents of the world, Africa has been consistently impacting the world of sports with amazing athletes. For so many years, we have witnessed some great African footballers take our breath away.

Starting from street soccer, inter-community competitions and local tournaments, to national competitions and international recognition, Africa has served as a platform of development for some of the biggest names in football.

With so many talents and so many contributions to the sport of football, the greatness of African footballers cannot be overlooked. Africa produced some of the finest footballers we ever had in the last 20 years. Let us take a look at the top 5 African players in the past 20 years:

#5 Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast)

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Yaya Toure has had an extremely successful club career

Yaya Touré is one of the most versatile African soccer stars to ever play the game. Touré frequently changes from attacking to defensive roles and plays numerous midfield positions. He has an effective striking ability, often scoring goals from afar.

Born in 1983, Toure currently plays for Manchester City and the Ivory Coast national team. He has played in 6 African Cup of Nations tournaments, finally winning the trophy in 2015.

Touré has won the African Footballer of the Year award for four consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014) - an amazing achievement in his career.

At Manchester City, Toure became indispensable and was a vital cog in Roberto Mancini's side that claimed the Premier League in 2014. He created balance and defensive stability in the team as he dropped deep in the middle with exceptional tackles and interceptions.

He also helped in the attack, creating chances and scoring vital goals. He scored the winner in the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke City and was pivotal in the 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United in 2012. The Ivorian had been one of Manchester City's most capped players.

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