Top 15 best African players in Premier League history

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Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor

Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor ( born 26 February 1984) is a Togolese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir.

Adebayor made his name in England with Arsenal following a 2006 move from Monaco, peaking in 2007/08 with 30 goals across all competitions. A bitter transfer saga followed as Adebayor sought a move to Manchester City.

After a spell on loan at Real Madrid – where he won the only trophy of his career (2010/11 Copa del Rey) – Adebayor annoyed Arsenal fans once more by joining local rivals Tottenham, where he spent a relatively successful four years and scored 42 times in 113 appearances.

Adebayor couldn’t replicate his scoring prowess at Crystal Palace in 2016, leaving with just a solitary goal to his name in 15 outings. He did enough to record 97 Premier League goals, though – the second-highest total by an African player.


3. Michael Essien

Michael Kojo Essien (born 3 December 1982)

Michael Kojo Essien (born 3 December 1982) is a Ghanaian footballer who currently plays for Indonesian club Persib Bandung. He has also been capped for the Ghana national team more than 50 times.

When he signed for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea from Lyon in 2005 for £24.4m, Essien was the club’s most expensive signing. By 2007, the tenacious midfielder had become the west London outfit’s first ever African player of the year, and scored their goal of the season in the same campaign with a thunderbolt against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

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His career in England came to an end after nine trophy-laden years, when injury dragged down the pecking order.

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