Africa has produced some of the world’s most exciting footballers for decades. Africa has always been a source of creativity, talent and competitiveness when it comes to the most popular sport in the world. The continent has been able to produce legendary football players who have shined at the most famous stadiums in the world.
Which footballers do fans across the continent admire the most? Who are the heroes on and off the field. Here are our top 10 greatest African footballers of all time:
10. Larbi Ben Barek (Morocco)
Nicknamed “The Black Pearl”, Larbi Ben Barek was an exceptional striker, recognised as the first successful African player in Europe. “If I am the king of football, then Ben Barek is the god.” This compliment was addressed by Pelé, the Brazilian legend, who, during his trip to Morocco in 1976, felt that Ben Barek was the best player of his time.
Coming from the slums of Casablanca, Ben Barek arrived in Marseille, France, and shortly became the talk of the town thanks to his skills and technical abilities. His career was interrupted by the onset of World War II, but he was soon back to his best with Stade Français FC before joining Atlético Madrid, where he truly blossomed and became more popular. “The Foot of God,” as the Spanish fans used to call him, helped Atlético Madrid to win La Liga in 1950 and 1951.