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Eto'o, Salah, Aubameyang, Drogba: who are Africa's top UEFA Champions League performers?

Mohamed Salah is moving up the rankings, but who are the highest achievers?

African Champions League stars
African Champions League stars

Most appearances by an African national 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 – Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan)
74: Kolo Touré (CIV – Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Celtic)
73:
Samuel Kuffour (GHA – Bayern)
73: Yaya Touré (CIV – Olympiacos, Barcelona, Manchester City)
72: Emmanuel Eboué (CIV – Arsenal, Galatasaray)
66: Seydou Keita (MLI – Marseille, Lens, Sevilla, Barcelona, Roma)
65: Mohamed Salah (EGY – Basel, Chelsea, Roma, Liverpool)
60: Nwankwo Kanu (NIG – Ajax, Arsenal)

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

Didier Drogba: Watch some of his best Champions League goals
Didier Drogba: Watch some of his best Champions League goals

44: Didier Drogba (CIV – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
33: Samuel Eto'o (CMR – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea)
30: Mohamed Salah (EGY – Basel, Chelsea, Roma, Liverpool)
19: Seydou Doumbia (CIV – CSKA Moskva, Basel, Sporting CP)
18: Sadio Mané (SEN – Salzburg, Liverpool)
15: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB – Dortmund)
14: Vincent Aboubakar (CMR – Porto, Beşiktaş)
14: Emmanuel Adebayor (TGO – Monaco, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Başakşehir)
14:
George Weah (LBR – Monaco, Paris, AC Milan)
12: El Fardou Ben Nabouhane (COM – Olympiacos, Crvena zvezda)

Most appearances by African nationals in UEFA club competition*

Samuel Eto'o with Madrid in 1999
Samuel Eto'o with Madrid in 1999©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)
94: Mohamed Salah (EGY – Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Roma, Liverpool)
91: Yaya Touré (CIV – Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, Barcelona, Manchester City)
90: Samuel Kuffour (GHA – Bayern, Roma, Livorno)
90: Kolo Touré (CIV – Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Celtic)
82: Emmanuel Adebayor (TGO – Monaco, Arsenal, Man. City, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Başakşehir)
81: Nwankwo Kanu (NIG – Ajax, Internazionale, Arsenal, Portsmouth)
79: Emmanuel Eboué (CIV – Beveren, Arsenal, Galatasaray)

Top-scoring African nationals in UEFA club competition*

Watch all Salah's Liverpool Champions League goals
Watch all Salah's Liverpool Champions League goals

50: Didier Drogba (CIV – Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
48: Samuel Eto'o (CMR – Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Anji, Chelsea, Everton)
38: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB – LOSC, Dortmund, Arsenal)
35: George Weah (LBR – Monaco, Paris, AC Milan)
35: Mohamed Salah (EGY – Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Roma, Liverpool)
32: Benni McCarthy (RSA – Ajax, Celta, Porto, Blackburn)
31: Frédéric Kanouté (MLI – Lyon, Sevilla)
29: Seydou Doumbia (CIV – Young Boys, CSKA Moskva, Basel, Sporting CP)
26: Emmanuel Adebayor (TGO – Monaco, Arsenal, Man. City, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Başakşehir)
26: Sadio Mané (SEN – Salzburg, Southampton, Liverpool)

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 (RSA, 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 (MAR, Bastia 0-3 PSV, 1978)

First African player to win (or feature) in a European Champion Clubs' Cup final
Bruce Grobbelaar (ZIM – 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 (ALG – Bayern 1-2 Porto, 1986/87)

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

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

Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli at Galatasaray
Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli at GalatasarayGetty Images

Algeria – 57: Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia, West Ham, Galatasaray)
Angola – 20: Bastos (Rostov, Lazio)
Benin – 18: Babatounde Bello (Žilina)
Botswana - NONE
Burkina Faso – 72: Charles Kaboré (Marseille, Krasnodar, Dinamo Moskva)
Burundi – 12: Gaël Bigirimana (Newcastle, Glentoran)
Cameroon – 113: Samuel Eto’o (Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Anji, Chelsea, Everton)
Cape Verde – 44: Stopira (Fehérvár)
Central African Republic – 25: Foxi Kéthévoama (Újpest, Kecskemét, Astana)
Chad – 23: Japhet N’Doram (Nantes, Monaco)
Comoros – 38: Ben (Crvena zvezda)
DR Congo – 61: Dieudonné Mbokani (Anderlecht, Standard Liège, Dynamo Kyiv, Antwerp)
Republic of Congo – 44: Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo (Club Brugge, Rapid Wien, Celtic, Başakşehir)
Djibouti – NONE
Egypt – 94: Mohamed Salah (Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Roma, Liverpool)
Equatorial Guinea – 8: Juvenal Edjogo-Owono (Racing Santander, FC Santa Coloma)

Eritrea's Henok Goitom in action for AIK Solna
Eritrea's Henok Goitom in action for AIK SolnaGetty Images

Eritrea – 29: Henok Goitom (AIK Solna)
Ethiopia – 1: Beneyam Demte (Skënderbeu)
Gabon – 75: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LOSC Lille, Dortmund, Arsenal)
Gambia – 36: Demba Savage (Honka, HJK Helsinki, Häcken)
Ghana – 90: Samuel Kuffour (Bayern, Roma, Livorno)
Guinea – 45: Bobo Baldé (Celtic)
Guinea-Bissau – 28: Amadou Diawara (Napoli, Roma)
Ivory Coast – 102: Didier Drogba (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
Kenya – 33: Victor Wanyama (Celtic, Tottenham)
Lesotho – NONE
Liberia – 62: George Weah (Monaco, Paris, AC Milan)
Libya – 19: Ismael Tajouri- Shradi (Austria Wien)
Madagascar – 61: Anicet Abel (CSKA Sofia, Botev Plovdiv, Ludogorets)
Malawi – 3: Charles Petro (Sheriff)
Mali – 111: Seydou Keita (Marseille, Lens, Sevilla, Barcelona, Valencia, Roma)
Mauritania – NONE
Mauritius – 4: Diallo Guidileye (AEL Limassol)
Morocco – 62: Nourredine Naybet (Nantes, Sporting CP, Deportivo La Coruña)
Mozambique – 35: Simão (Panathinaikos)
Namibia – 31: Collin Benjamin (Hamburg)
Niger – 14: Moussa Yahaya (Hutnik Kraków, Legia Warszawa, GKS Katowice)
Nigeria – 81: Nwankwo Kanu (Ajax, Internazionale, Arsenal, Portsmouth)

Rwanda's Mohamed Tchité at Standard Liège
Rwanda's Mohamed Tchité at Standard LiègeAFP via Getty Images

Rwanda – 37: Mohamed Tchité (Standard Liège, Anderlecht, Racing Santander, Club Brugge)
São Tomé and Principe – NONE
Senegal – 74: Kalidou Koulibaly (Genk, Napoli)
Seychelles – NONE
Sierra Leone – 33: Mohamed Kamara (HJK Helsinki, Partizan)
Somalia – 8: Liban Abdi (Ferencváros, Haugesund)
South Africa – 77: Benni McCarthy (Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto, Blackburn)
South Sudan – NONE
Sudan – NONE
Swaziland – NONE
Tanzania – 36: Mbwana Samatta (Genk)
Togo – 82: Emmanuel Adebayor (Monaco, Arsenal, Man. City, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Başakşehir)
Tunisia – 43: Karim Haggui (Strasbourg, Leverkusen, Hannover)
Uganda – 46: Ibrahim Sekagya (Salzburg)
Zambia – 25: Patson Daka (Salzburg)
Zimbabwe – 41: Costa Nhamoinesu (Sparta Praha)

*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

Last updated on 19 February