Africa's European Cup final history-makers

With the Africa Cup of Nations getting under way, UEFA.com looks at past European Cup finals to pick out the African players who have shone at Europe's highest level.

The Africa Cup of Nations begins on Saturday, with nine players who are expected to feature in the UEFA Champions League's spring campaign on duty in Equatorial Guinea*. As the 16 teams get ready for the competition, UEFA.com gives a nod to the African players who have made the greatest impact on the biggest European stage – European Champion Clubs' Cup and UEFA Champions League finals.

African players who have won the most European Champion Clubs' Cup finals (excluding unused substitutes)
3: Samuel Eto'o (FC Barcelona 2005/06, 2008/09, FC Internazionale Milano 2009/10)
2: Seydou Keita (FC Barcelona 2008/09, 2010/11)

Most goals scored by an African player in European Champion Clubs' Cup finals
2: Samuel Eto'o (FC Barcelona 2005/06, 2008/09)

First African player to win (or feature) in a European Champion Clubs' Cup final
Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe) – Liverpool FC, 1983/84

First African player to lose a European Champion Clubs' Cup final
Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe) – Liverpool FC, 1984/85

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

First African-born player to feature in a European Champion Clubs' Cup final
Just Fontaine (b Marrakech, Morocco) – Stade de Reims 1958/59

First African-born players to win a European Champion Clubs' Cup final
Alberto Costa Pereira (b Nacala, Mozambique), Joaquim Santana (b Lobito, Angola), José Águas (b Lobito, Angola), Mário Coluna (b Inhaca, Mozambique) – SL Benfica, 1960/61

15: Number of African players to have won European Champion Clubs' Cup finals (excluding unused substitutes)
Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe) – Liverpool FC, 1983/84
Rabah Madjer (Algeria) – FC Porto, 1986/87
Abedi Pelé (Ghana) – Olympique de Marseille, 1992/93
Finidi George (Nigeria) – AFC Ajax, 1994/95
Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria) – AFC Ajax, 1994/95
Samuel Kuffour (Ghana) – FC Bayern München 2000/01
Benni McCarthy (South Africa) – FC Porto, 2003/04
Djimi Traoré (Mali) – Liverpool FC, 2004/05
Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon) – FC Barcelona, 2005/06, 2008/09, FC Internazionale Milano, 2009/10
Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast) – FC Barcelona, 2008/09
Seydou Keita (Mali) – FC Barcelona, 2008/09, 2010/11
Sulley Muntari (Ghana) – FC Internazionale Milano, 2009/10
Jon Obi Mikel (Nigeria) – Chelsea FC, 2011/12
Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast) – Chelsea FC, 2011/12
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) – Chelsea FC, 2011/12

3: Number of goals scored by African players (excluding shoot-out penalties) in European Champion Clubs' Cup finals
Rabah Madjer (Algeria) – FC Porto, 1986/87
Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon) – FC Barcelona, 2005/06
Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon) – FC Barcelona, 2008/09

Bruce Grobbelaar
Bruce Grobbelaar©Getty Images

10: Number of runners-up medals given to African players who featured in European Champion Clubs' Cup finals
Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe) – Liverpool FC, 1984/85
Hajry Redouane (Morocco) – SL Benfica 1987/88
Vata (Angola) – SL Benfica, 1988/89
Abedi Pelé (Ghana) – Olympique de Marseille, 1990/91
Finidi George (Nigeria) – AFC Ajax, 1995/96
Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria) – AFC Ajax, 1995/96
Samuel Kuffour (Ghana) – FC Bayern München, 1998/99
Emmanuel Eboué (Ivory Coast) – Arsenal FC, 2005/06
Kolo Touré (Ivory Coast) – Arsenal FC, 2005/06
Michael Essien (Ghana) – Chelsea FC, 2007/08

6: Number of unused African substitutes in European Champion Clubs' Cup finals
Geremi (Cameroon) – Real Madrid CF, 1999/00
Tony Sylva (Senegal) – AS Monaco FC, 2003/04
Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo) – AS Monaco FC, 2003/04
Jon Obi Mikel (Nigeria) – Chelsea FC, 2007/08
McDonald Mariga (Kenya) – FC Internazionale Milano, 2009/10
Michael Essien (Ghana) – Chelsea FC, 2011/12

Most European Champion Clubs' Cup winners per nation
3: Ghana (Pelé, 1992/93; Kuffour, 2000/01; Muntari, 2009/10), Nigeria (George, 1994/95; Kanu, 1994/95; Mikel, 2011/12), Ivory Coast (Yaya Touré, 2008/09; Kalou, 2011/12; Drogba, 2011/12)
2: Mali (Traoré 2004/05; Keita 2008/09, 2010/11)
1: Zimbabwe (Grobbelaar 1983/84), Algeria (Madjer, 1986/87), South Africa (McCarthy 2003/04), Cameroon (Eto'o 2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10)

Most European Champion Clubs' Cup winners' medals per African nation
3: Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast
1: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Algeria

Most African players in a single European Champion Clubs' Cup winning side (excluding unused substitutes)
3: FC Barcelona, 2008/09 (Yaya Touré – Ivory Coast, Samuel Eto'o – Cameroon, Seydou Keita – Mali)
3: Chelsea FC, 2011/12 (Mikel Jon Obi – Nigeria, Salomon Kalou – Ivory Coast, Didier Drogba – Ivory Coast)

*2014/15 UEFA Champions League contenders on duty at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea
Aymen Abdennour (AS Monaco FC) – Tunisia
Vincent Aboubakar (FC Porto) – Cameroon
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – Gabon
Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain) – Ivory Coast
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City FC) – Ivory Coast
Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto) – Algeria
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (FC Schalke 04) – Cameroon
Yaya Touré (Manchester City FC) – Ivory Coast
Lacina Traoré (AS Monaco FC) – Ivory Coast

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