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Samuel Eto'o is officially the best African ever in world football if you go by the record amount of times he has won the African player of the year award. He has picked up the gong four times, with two runner-up places and two third place finishes.

He arrives in the Premier League at the ripe old age of 32 and maybe his best years are behind him now.

However, there have been plenty of Africans who have enjoyed a long and fruitful career in England.

Below are an XI who have been the best. You may not agree, so feel free to comment on anyone I may have missed...

Goalkeeper: Bruce Grobbelaar

His best years may have been behind him by the time the Premier League started in 1992 but you cant leave out one of the most charismatic and well-known African goalkeepers.

Grobbelaar never won the Premier League title but was the man between the sticks for Liverpool in their six first division titles.

Grobbelaar, with his famous wobbly legs technique to put off penalty takers, made over 400 appearances for the Reds before moving to Southampton for a couple of years.

Right-back: Lauren

An integral yet unsung hero of the Arsenal 'invincibles' of 2003-04, Lauren was bought in 2000 and would eventually oust another Arsenal legend, Lee Dixon, from the right-back slot.

Lauren went on to make 159 appearances for the Gunners before injury cut short the Cameroonian's Premier League career.

Centre-back: Lucas Radebe 

So adored by Leeds fans that a set of musicians would go on to make a band name inspired by Radebe.

That's right, the Kaizer Chiefs were named in tribute to Radebe's former club side in South Africa. During Leeds' best times in the Premier League, Radebe made over 200 appearances at the heart of the defence.

Centre-back: Kolo Toure

Another key man for the Arsenal 'invincibles', Toure is still going strong in the Premier League.

The Ivory Coast international, capped over 100 times, has two Premier League titles with over 300 appearances split between Arsenal, Manchester City and now Liverpool.

He is a no-nonsense defender and has been sorely missed by the Gunners who haven't won a trophy since he left.

Left-back: Celestine Babyaro

Perhaps a surprising choice but you can't argue with Babayaro's record after the solid left-back replaced Graeme Le Saux in the Chelsea team.

He spent 11 years in the Premier League playing for Chelsea and later Newcastle. However, the Nigerian's career nose-dived from there. He was released by LA Galaxy without playing a competitive game and was declared bankrupt in 2011.

Right-midfield: Michael Essien  

Essien was Chelsea's record signing back in 2005. The Ghana international established himself as one of the best midfielders in England and the world.

Jose Mourinho took him to Real Madrid on loan, but the duo remain together at Chelsea today.

Central-midfield: Yaya Toure

Toure became the highest-paid footballer in England following his transfer from Barcelona to Manchester City.

He ended up justifying his sky-high wages with powerful performances that eventually helped City to the title in the 2011-12 season. Toure remains a key component of the Citizens side.

Central-midfield: Alex Song 

Again, a few of you may disagree here. Song struggled in England at the beginning as a youngster at Arsenal.

Eventually, however, he established himself as a fantastic defensive midfielder. He is someone that Arsenal have never replaced since his transfer to Barcelona.

Song had a great eye for a pass and linked up perfectly with Robin van Persie.

Left-midfield: Jay-Jay Okocha

The man that was so good they named him twice according to the Bolton Wanderers fans.

Amazing trickery and a likeable demeanour endeared him to all fans in the Premier League and saved Bolton Wanderers from relegation with crucial goals. Not the sort of player you would usually associate with Sam Allardyce teams.

Striker: Nwankwo Kanu

The classic non-goalscoring striker but a great talent nonetheless.

The skill and link-up play of the Nigerian made him a firm favourite at Arsenal and he had some great moments in winning two Premier League title. 

Kanu moved to Portsmouth shortly after and scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final against Cardiff.

Striker: Didier Drogba

Probably the best player on this list.

The success that Chelsea had after the arrival of Drogba was extensive and he became a Stamford Bridge legend after winning three Premier League titles.

He enjoyed a fairytale goodbye for the Blues when he converted the spot-kick that won Chelsea their first Champions League title.

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