From very humble beginnings come most of the players from the continent, Africa and with sheer grit and determination, they force themselves up the football ladders in Europe. They normally don’t enjoy as many opportunities and resources like their mates in developed countries.
With a combination of talent and hard work, some of these players have been able to make it among the top stars in the world and here we assess some if the top scoring players of African descent in the Premier League.
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The Ivory Coast forward had nine great seasons at Chelsea across two stints, and won all a player would desire club level. He finally left the Blues in 2015, a decorated legend having scored a total of 104 goals. Six years later, Drogba remains the top scoring African player in the Premier League, but how long that record will stand remains to be seen. Now 43 years old, Drogba won four league titles. Four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, the UEFA Europa League title and the Champions League title.
Didier Drogba’s record is under threat from a number of players currently active in the Premier League. Top among them is Egyptian and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who joined the class of 100 goals this past weekend with a goal against Leeds United. Salah has played for Chelsea and Liverpool so far in the league, and in the 3-0 win over Leeds, he notched goal number 100 in the league, which places him just four behind Drogba. Salah’s stint at Chelsea had nothing to write home about, scoring two times in his two seasons there, but he has blossomed at Liverpool. He is currently doing his fifth season at Liverpool and seventh in the Premier League and there’s all the writings hell topple Drogba.
Salah has played a total of 162 matches in the Premier League, scoring 100 goals, which averages to 1.62 goals per game in his Premier League appearances so far. With such numbers, it is easy to pick him for any time goal scorer in the EPL Predictions and previews on SportyTrader. In the weekend matches coming up, Liverpool are tipped to beat Crystal Palace, with 1XBet offering the best odds at 1.25 while Manchester City are backed to continue with their fine run, Marathonbet tipping them at 1.18 and the top of them all, VBet has the best odds for Brentford beating Wolves, at odds of 4.9.
Former Togolese international Emmanuel Adebayor spent 13 seasons in England, having launched his Premier League stint with Arsenal in 2005. He went on to feature for Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace in the Premier League. In all his seasons in the Premier League, the lanky forward managed to score 97 goals. His tally is remarkable in the sense that of his 13 seasons in the Premier League, there are two seasons he didn’t feature at all for his teams, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s placing among the lead scorers is also under threat as at now, he’s tied at 97 goals alongside Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. Mane is still active in the league and got his 97th goal in the 3-0 win over Leeds United. The Senegalese forward has played for two teams in the league, Southampton and his current employers. At the moment, he is in his eighth season in the Premier League.
Capping the top five is Nigerian Ayiegbeni Yakubu. The burly forward spent his most prolific days at Everton but he also played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, and Blackburn Rovers.
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He managed 95 goals to place him among the most successful African players in the English top flight.