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Top 5: African footballers in the Premier League

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5. Steven Pienaar

Many might disagree with this, but I firmly believe Pienaar has become one of the best African players ever to play in the Premier League.

He brings a certain flare that most players struggle to achieve, he has great ball control and balance which allows him to stay on the ball better than most players. He has now become a regular in the Everton line up and one of their key players.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor

A controversial player at times, but a player gifted with amazing technique, skill and goal scoring ability.

Adebayor’s ability to score goals earned him a transfer from Arsenal to Manchester City worth around £25million, though not really lighting up the League like he did with Arsenal.

When he was later loaned (and then sold) to Spurs, he rediscovered the form that we once saw during his Arsenal days.

3. Yaya Toure

Regarded at the moment as Africa’s best player, a versatile player who is able to play as an attacking or defensive midfielder, he brings strength, pace and vision to any team he plays for.

Last season was by far the best season he has had as a footballer. Well not quiet making the grade while at FC Barcelona, Toure has now become a permanent fixture in the Manchester City team.

2. Kanu

A golden oldie, but still one of the best. Nwankwo Kanu is probably Nigeria’s best ever player.

During his days at Arsenal he was able to score unbelievable goals, and he was able to win the Premier League and the FA Cup, he was also voted 13 in the 50 greatest Arsenal players of all time.

When he became a Portsmouth player he once again won the FA Cup at the age of 35 and he and the Zimbabwean Benjani had formed a deadly strike partnership.

1. Didier Drogba

In fairness it really had to be Drogba, one of the best players Chelsea have ever had and one of the greatest African Players to ever live.

The Ivorian was one of those rare footballers who you would actually want to see every week he had tremendous strength, great heading ability, great free-kicks, and an eye for goal.

Drogba was a perfect player, his ability to lead a team allowed Chelsea to win the Premier League three times, the FA Cup five times and famously the Champions League.

He is also a humanitarian regarded as a hero in his country, he stopped a civil war and he has helped build several hospitals in the Ivory Coast.

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