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Top 5 Africans in Europe this season

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697   //    04 Mar 2018, 19:48 IST

Burnley v Chelsea - Premier League
Drogba was instrumental in Chelsea winning the Champions League

African footballers have lit up Europe's football leagues in the past and have a knack for leaving behind ever-lasting memories. Didier Drogba won 4 Premier League trophies and 1 Champions-League trophy while breaking several records at Chelsea. The Ivorian is considered being one of the greatest Chelsea players ever.

Samuel Etoo was part of Barcelona's deadly attacking trio of Lionel Messi and Thiery Henry that won a famous treble in 2009 under Pep Guardiola. African players have made a mark in European leagues and currently, have some of the best players in European top leagues.

Here is a look at the Top 5 African performers in Europe this season:

If it seems that there is a heavy PL bias, it is because some of the best players have moved to the PL this season and it skews the math heavily in England's favour.

#5 Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid)

Chelsea FC v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League
Thomas Partey in action for Atletico Madrid

Partey has developed into one of the finest defensive midfielders in La Liga this season. Since joining Atletico Madrid in 2011 as a youngster linking up with the club's reserves and a series of loan spells to RCD Mallorca & Almeria, Partey has now become a core of Diego Simeone's starting XI.

Partey has featured 24 times for the Los Rojiblancos in La Liga missing only two matches as Atletico Madrid are mounting a serious title challenge this season - they sit second in the table and 5 points behind leaders Barcelona with a crunch tie against the leaders later today.

Partey averages an 83% passing accuracy per game, winning 53% duels and averaging 3 defensive actions per game. He has also found back of the net thrice, which is a very good return for a defensive midfielder.

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