Some of the greatest footballers in history have graced the Champions League since its introduction in 1955, including Africa’s greatest goalscorers.
These players are some of the biggest stars from the African continent and some of the very best the competition has ever seen so far.
In this article, we’ll look at the top 5 African players with the most goals in Champions League history.
- Didier Drogba – 44 goals
Didier Drogba was inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame earlier this year. The former Ivory Coast international is a football legend and one of the continent’s best players. With 44 goals in 92 appearances, he holds the record for the most goals scored by an African in the UEFA Champions League.
The striker represented three clubs in the competition, but his most significant achievement came while playing for Chelsea FC. The London-based club won the 2011-12 season of the competition, making them European champions.
According to statistics, Mohamed Salah is the finest African player in modern football. For the past few seasons, the Egyptian has been a revelation for Liverpool FC. He was instrumental in the Reds winning the Champions League in 2018-19 and the Premier League in 2019-20.
In 69 appearances, he has 36 goals and will try to add to that total in the next games. Salah has a chance to become the all-time leading African striker in the Champions League, but he’ll need to keep up his current form for a few years longer.
- Samuel Eto’o – 30 goals
When it comes to legendary African footballers, Samuel Eto’o is African royalty. He has played for a number of top European clubs, including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea. During his playing career, the forward scored 30 goals in 78 games and is now the President of Cameroon football.
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has scored the fourth most African goals in the UEFA Champions League. In 53 appearances, the winger has 23 goals. He has only played for the Reds in the competition, and he helped them win it in the 2018-19 season. He also holds the record for being Africa’s equal top scorer in the competition’s knockout rounds.
- Riyah Mahrez – 16 goals
Riyad Mahrez is perhaps Algeria’s greatest footballer. In recent years, the African country has produced a slew of top-level footballers. Few players from the country, though, come close to matching the Manchester City winger.
He has 16 goals in 45 games in the Champions League. The 31-year-old is yet to win the trophy. Having said that, in the 2021-22 season, he has a chance to end the drought with MCFC.