The AFCON is what every African footballer dreams of winning. Every two years the good and the great of African come together for a spectacular showpiece month of football.
Some players have natural ability to get the ball over the line in the pressure of a major tournament time and time again, whilst others simply hit a purple patch when it matters the most...
Here are the top five goalscorers of all time at AFCON:
5. Patrick Mboma (Cameroon), Hossam Hassan (Egypt) &
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) : 11 goals
4. Hassan El Shazly (Egypt) : 12 goals
The Egytian legend, who left this world in 2015 aged 71, played for The Pharaohs between 1961–1974. El Shazly's golden year was the 1963 AFCON in which he scored six goals. He was remembered as a “devastating sharp-shooter with both feet.”
#AFCON2019| Hassan El Shazly is #Egypt’s all-time leading scorer in the history of the #AfricaCupofNations with 12 goals#EgyptToday #Africa #TotalAFCON2019 @Caf_online @EFA @Pharaohs | #كأس_الأمم_الأفريقية pic.twitter.com/Dt46eLEsR0— Egypt Today Magazine (@EgyptTodayMag) June 19, 2019
3. Rashidi Yekini (Nigeria) : 13 goals
Most famous for being the man to net. Nigeria's first-ever goal in a World Cup in 1994. His celebration of crying with his hands holding the goal's net, became iconic. Yekini inspired Nigeria to win the 1994 AFCON.
#OnThisDay seven years ago, we lost 🇳🇬@NGSuperEagles legend Rashidi Yekini.— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) May 4, 2019
The first player to score a World Cup goal for the Super Eagles, his passionate celebration will always have its place in the history of the tournament. pic.twitter.com/la35PP8psK
2. Laurent Pokou (Ivory Coast): 14 goals
Known as the L'homme d'Asmara (The man of Asmara), Pokou twice won the AFCON highest goalscorer. He banged in six goals in 1968 (Ethiopia) and eight in the 1970 event in Sudan.
1. Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon): 18 goals
One of the most famous faces in African football. The ever-smiling Eto’o. The former Barcelona star is one of few AFCON legends to have won the tournament twice (2000 & 2002). Eto’o was fast, strong, and an energetic forward. His work-rate, aerial ability, and his clinical finishing with both feet helped him to become the continent’s highest ever goal scorer.
Read more: AFCON qualification top goalscorers
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