🏆 Every single African star to have won the Champions League
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🏆 Every single African star to have won the Champions League

African stars have made a significant impact on the European football landscape with the continents finest decorating Champions League finals in recent memory.

Before Europe's elite club competition became known as the UEFA Champions League in the 1992-93 season, Zimbabwe's Bruce Grobbelaar was the first African to claim European Cup success in 1984, with the goalkeeper proving instrumental as Liverpool beat Roma on penalties. In 1987, Algeria's Rabah Madjer became North Africa's first winner when he scored an audacious back-heeled equalizer that inspired Porto's fightback win against Bayern. 

In 1993, Marseille won the first-ever Champions League title in its modern guise with Ghana's Abedi Pelé claiming a winner's medal. 21 Africans have followed in Abedi's illustrious footsteps to win the biggest prize in modern European club football since.

🌃 The 1990s

  • 🇬🇭 Abedi Pelé (1993)
  • 🇳🇬 Finidi George (1995)
  • 🇳🇬 Nwankwo Kanu (1995)
  • 🇬🇭 Ibrahim Tanko (1997)

🪐 The 2000s

  • 🇨🇲 Geremi (2000, 2002)
  • 🇬🇭 Samuel Kuffour (2001)
  • 🇿🇦 Benni McCarthy (2004)
  • 🇲🇱 Djimi Traoré (2005)
  • 🇨🇲 Samuel Eto'o (2006, 2009, 2010)
  • 🇨🇮 Yaya Touré (2009)
  • 🇲🇱 Seidou Keïta (2009, 2011)
  • 🇬🇭 Sulley Muntari (2010)
  • 🇰🇪 McDonald Mariga (2010)

  • 🇳🇬 John Obi Mikel (2012)
  • 🇨🇮 Salomon Kalou (2012)
  • 🇬🇭 Michael Essien (2012)
  • 🇨🇮 Didier Drogba (2012)
  • 🇲🇦 Achraf Hakimi (2018)
  • 🇬🇳 Naby Keïta (2019)
  • 🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah (2019)
  • 🇸🇳 Sadio Mané (2019)
  • 🇨🇲 Joël Matip (2019)

We're sure that plenty more African talents will continue to do themselves and their countries proud by continuing the continent's rich traditions at the top level of European football.