Which African stars have played the most UEFA games?

The Africa Cup of Nations is in full swing; who are the continent's top UEFA club competition performers?

Michael Essien, Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba and Kolo Touré
Michael Essien, Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba and Kolo Touré ©Getty Images

Most appearances by an African player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

94: Didier Drogba (CIV – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
82: Samuel Eto'o (CMR – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea)
76: Michael Essien (GHA – Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan)
74: Kolo Touré (CIV – Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Celtic)
73: Samuel Kuffour (GHA – Bayern München)
73: Yaya Touré (CIV – Olympiacos, Barcelona, Manchester City)
72: Emmanuel Eboué (CIV – Arsenal, Galatasaray)
66: Seydou Keita (MLI – Marseille, Lens, Sevilla, Barcelona, Roma)
60: Nwankwo Kanu (NIG – Ajax, Arsenal)
59: Jon Obi Mikel (NIG – Chelsea)

Top-scoring African players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

Salah joins select group of final goalscorers
Salah joins select group of final goalscorers

44: Didier Drogba (CIV – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
33: Samuel Eto'o (CMR – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea)
22: Mohamed Salah (EGY – Basel, Roma, Liverpool)
19: Seydou Doumbia (CIV – CSKA Moskva, Basel, Sporting CP)
15: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB – Borussia Dortmund)
14: Vincent Aboubakar (CMR – Porto, Beşiktaş)
14: Emmanuel Adebayor (TGO – Monaco, Arsenal, Real Madrid, İstanbul Başakşehir)
14: Sadio Mané (SEN – Salzburg, Liverpool)
14: George Weah (LIB – Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan)
11: Michael Essien (GHA – Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan)
11: Rabah Madjer (ALG – Porto)

Most appearances by African players in UEFA club competition*

Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o
Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o©Getty Images

113: Samuel Eto'o (CMR – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Anji, Chelsea, Everton)
111: Seydou Keita (MLI – Marseille, Lens, Sevilla, Barcelona, Valencia, Roma)
102: Didier Drogba (CIV – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
91: Yaya Touré (CIV – Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, Barcelona, Manchester City)
90: Samuel Kuffour (GHA – Bayern München, Roma, Livorno)
90: Kolo Touré (CIV – Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Celtic)
82: Emmanuel Adebayor (TGO – Monaco, Arsenal, Real Madrid, İstanbul Başakşehir)
81: Nwankwo Kanu (NIG – Ajax, Internazionale, Arsenal, Portsmouth)
79: Emmanuel Eboué (CIV – Beveren, Arsenal, Galatasaray)
78: Didier Zokora (CIV – Genk, St-Étienne, Tottenham, Sevilla, Trabzonspor)

Didier Drogba won the Champions League in 2011/12
Didier Drogba won the Champions League in 2011/12©Getty Images

Top-scoring African players in UEFA club competition*

50: Didier Drogba (CIV – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
48:
Samuel Eto'o (CMR – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Anji, Chelsea, Everton)
35:
George Weah (LIB – Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan)
34:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB – LOSC Lille, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal)
32:
Benni McCarthy (SAF – Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto, Blackburn)
31:
Frédéric Kanouté (MLI – Lyon, Sevilla)
29: Seydou Doumbia (CIV – Young Boys, CSKA Moskva, Roma, Basel, Sporting CP)
27:
Mohamed Salah (EGY – Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Roma, Liverpool)
26: Emmanuel Adebayor (TGO – Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, İstanbul Başakşehir)
23: Obafemi Martins (NIG – Internazionale, Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Rubin, Levante)
22:
Mamadou Niang (SEN – Troyes, Marseille, Fenerbahçe)

Nation-by-nation: Most appearances by African players in UEFA club competition*

Central African Republic's Foxi Kéthévoama
Central African Republic's Foxi Kéthévoama©AFP/Getty Images
Kenya's Victor Wanyama
Kenya's Victor Wanyama©Getty Images
Rwanda's Mohamed Tchité
Rwanda's Mohamed Tchité©Getty Images

ALGERIA: 49 — Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia, West Ham, Galatasaray)
ANGOLA: 16 — Mateus (Nacional, Arouca)
BENIN: 18 — Babatounde Bello (Žilina)
BOTSWANA: none
BURKINA FASO: 71 — Charles Kaboré (Marseille, Kuban, Krasnodar)
BURUNDI: 10 — Gaël Bigirimana (Newcastle)
CAMEROON: 113 — Samuel Eto'o (Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Anji, Chelsea, Everton)
CAPE VERDE: 22 — Stopira (Videoton)
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: 25 — Foxi Kéthévoama (Újpest, Kecskémet, Astana)
CHAD: 23 — Japhet N'Doram (Nantes, Monaco)
COMOROS: 22 — El Fardou Ben Nabouhane (Crvena zvezda)
REPUBLIC OF CONGO: 42 — Dzon Delarge (Slovan Liberec, Osmanlıspor, Qarabağ)
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: 54 — Dieumerci Mbokani (Anderlecht, Standard Liège, Dynamo Kyiv)
DJIBOUTI: none
EGYPT: 78 — Mohamed Salah (Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Roma, Liverpool)
EQUATORIAL GUINEA: 8 — Juvenal Edjogo (Racing Santander, Santa Coloma)
ERITREA: 21 — Henok Goitom (AIK Solna)
ETHIOPIA: 1 — Beneyam Demte (Skënderbeu)
GABON: 67 — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LOSC Lille, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal)
GAMBIA: 36 — Demba Savage (Honka Espoo, HJK Helsinki, Häcken)
GHANA: 90 — Samuel Kuffour (Bayern München, Roma, Livorno)
REPUBLIC OF GUINEA: 45 — Bobo Baldé (Celtic)
GUINEA-BISSAU: 20 — Ismaël Bangoura (Dynamo Kyiv)
IVORY COAST: 102 — Dider Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
KENYA: 32 — Victor Wanyama (Celtic, Southampton, Tottenham)
LESOTHO: none
LIBERIA: 62 — George Weah (Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan)
LIBYA: 19 — Ismael Tajouri (Austria Wien)
MADAGASCAR: 43 — Jérémy Morel (Marseille, Lyon)
MALAWI: 1 = Esau Kanyenda (Lokomotiv Moskva), Mourtala Diakité (Dinamo Bucureşti)
MALI: 111 — Seydou Keita (MLI – Marseille, Lens, Sevilla, Barcelona, Valencia, Roma)
MAURITANIA: none
MAURITIUS: 4 — Diallo Guidileye (AEL Limassol)
MOROCCO: 62 — Noureddine Naybet (Nantes, Sporting CP, Deportivo La Coruña)
MOZAMBIQUE: 35 — Simão (Panathinaikos)
NAMIBIA: 31 — Collin Benjamin (Hamburg)
NIGER: 22 — Chucks Nwoko (Birkirkara, Sliema Wanderers)
NIGERIA: 81 — Nwankwo Kanu (NIG – Ajax, Internazionale, Arsenal, Portsmouth)
RWANDA: 37 — Mohamed Tchité (Standard Liège, Anderlecht, Racing Santander, Club Brugge)
SÃO TOMÉ AND PRINCIPE: none
SENEGAL: 65 — Mamadou Niang (Troyes, Marseille, Fenerbahçe)
SEYCHELLES: none
SIERRA LEONE: 33 — Medo (Partizan, HJK Helsinki)
SOMALIA: 8 — Liban Abdi (Ferencváros, Haugesund)
SOUTH AFRICA: 77 — Benni McCarthy (SAF – Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto, Blackburn)
SOUTH SUDAN: none
SUDAN: none
SWAZILAND: none
TANZANIA: 30 — Mbwana Samatta (Genk)
TOGO: 82 — Emmanuel Adebayor (Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, İstanbul Başakşehir)
TUNISIA: 43 — Karim Haggui (Strasbourg, Bayer Leverkusen, Hannover)
UGANDA: 46 — Ibrahim Sekagya (Salzburg)
ZAMBIA: 24 — Charles Musonda (Anderlecht)
ZIMBABWE: 40 — Bruce Grobbelaar (Liverpool)

*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 Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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