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Africa's biggest European success stories

With 16 goals, CSKA's Seydou Doumbia is already the third-highest scoring African national in UEFA Champions League history; UEFA.com meets the continent's best.

Top-scoring African players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League ©AFP/Getty Images

Most appearances by an African national in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
94: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
82: Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea)
76: Michael Essien (Ghana – Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan)
73: Samuel Kuffour (Ghana – Bayern)
72: Emmanuel Eboué (Ivory Coast – Arsenal, Galatasaray)
68: Kolo Touré (Ivory Coast – Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool)
64: Seydou Keita (Mali – Marseille, Lens, Sevilla, Barcelona, Roma)
61: Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast – Olympiacos, Barcelona, Manchester City)
60: Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria – Ajax, Arsenal)
58: Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast – Chelsea, LOSC Lille)

Top-scoring African nationals in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
44: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
33: Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea)
16: Seydou Doumbia (Ivory Coast – CSKA Moskva)
14: George Weah (Liberia – Monaco, Paris, AC Milan)
13: Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo – Monaco, Arsenal, Real Madrid)
11: Michael Essien  (Ghana – Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan)
11: Rabah Madjer (Algeria – FC Porto)
10: Yssouf Koné (Ivory Coast – Rosenborg, CFR Cluj)
10: Obafemi Martins (Nigeria – Internazionale, Wolfsburg, Rubin)
9: Frédéric Kanouté (Mali – Lyon, Sevilla)
9: Dame N'Doye (Senegal – København)

Samuel Eto'o with Madrid in 1999
Samuel Eto'o with Madrid in 1999©Getty Images

Most appearances by African nationals in UEFA club competition*
113: Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Anji, Chelsea, Everton)
109: Seydou Keita  (Mali – Marseille, Lens, Sevilla, Barcelona, Valencia, Roma)
102: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
90: Samuel Kuffour (Ghana – Bayern, Roma, Livorno)
81: Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria – Ajax, Internazionale, Arsenal, Portsmouth)
79: Emmanuel Eboué (Ivory Coast – Beveren, Arsenal, Galatasaray)
78: Kolo Touré (Ivory Coast – Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool)
78: Didier Zokora (Ivory Coast – Genk, St-Étienne, Tottenham, Sevilla, Trabzonspor)
77: Benni McCarthy (South Africa – Ajax, Celta, Porto, Blackburn)
77: Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast – Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, Barcelona, Manchester City)

Top-scoring African nationals in UEFA club competition*
50: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
48: Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Anji, Chelsea, Everton)
35: George Weah (Liberia – Monaco, Paris, AC Milan)
32: Benni McCarthy (South Africa – Ajax, Celta, Porto, Blackburn)
31: Frédéric Kanouté (Mali – Lyon, Sevilla)
25: Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo – Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Tottenham)
25: Seydou Doumbia (Ivory Coast – Young Boys, CSKA Moskva)
23: Obafemi Martins (Nigeria – Internazionale, Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Rubin, Levante)
22: Mamadou Niang (Senegal – Troyes, Marseille, Fenerbahçe)
21: Anthony Yeboah (Ghana – Eintracht, Leeds, Hamburg)

Chelsea's African pioneer, Derek Smethurst (R)
Chelsea's African pioneer, Derek Smethurst (R)©Getty Images

First African player to win a UEFA club competition
Derek Smethurst (South Africa, Chelsea 3-2agg Real Madrid, 1971 European Cup Winners' Cup)

First African player to feature in a UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League final
Abdelkrim Merry (Morocco, Bastia 0-3 PSV, 1978)

First African player to win (or feature) in a European Champion Clubs' Cup final
Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe – Roma 1-1 Liverpool, aet, Liverpool win 4-2 on penalties, 1983/84)

First African player to score in a European Champion Clubs' Cup final
Rabah Madjer (Algeria – Bayern 1-2 Porto, 1986/87)

First African player to win the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
Taribo West (Nigeria, Lazio 0-3 Internazionale, 1998)

Taribo West winning the UEFA Cup in 1998
Taribo West winning the UEFA Cup in 1998©Getty Images

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cupand UEFA Intertoto Cup

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