Some of the best talents on the planet hail from the mother continent of Africa. Every league in Europe has a wonderful track record of foreign African players coming into their respective leagues and be able to perform at an elite level. Riyad Mahrez was the latest example of an African footballer who was able to take the English Premier League by storm and was handed the African footballer of the year award. I have compiled a top 5 list of best African players around the world right now.
Honorable Mentions: Joel Matip of Liverpool. The big center back has certainly been one of the best defenders for Klopp’s Liverpool who with their heavy metal style of football, often leave their defenders spread thin and susceptible to counter attacks. Matip puts an end to that with Liverpool slightly trailing Chelsea in a fast pace race for the title.
Yaya Toure of Manchester City. The experienced midfielder knows a thing or two about this award and about winning titles. After his clash with Pep at the beginning of the season, this Ivorian has become an integral part of this starting XI once again.
Jean Michael Seri of Nice. This 25 year old Ivorian midfielder has been overshadowed by the reemergence of Mario Balotelli but Seri has been a huge factor on why Nice is challenging for a Ligue 1 title with Balotelli. 8 assists, a 88 percent pass completion rate and a 7.25 overall rating in all comps says it all.
5. Yacine Brahimi- FC Porto
The Algerian winger is always a difficult player to give full credit due to the league that he plays in but Brahimi is a catalyst for Porto who challenge for Portuguese trophies year after year. In 12 games this year hampered by injury, 4 goals and 2 assists so far with a Man of the Match performance. Brahimi surely is an underrated attacker that is too often overlooked.
4. Karim El Ahmadi- Feyenoord
The 31 year old Moroccan rock in the midfield for Feyenoord has been patrolling the Dutch pitch from box to box and owning the Eredivisie. El Ahmadi is largely on this list as well for leading Feyenoord to the top of the Eredivisie table over rivals Ajax and PSV while they sit 5 points above 2nd place Ajax. 5 goals, an assist, 88 percent pass completion and a 7.40 overall rating while leading a league will land you on this list.
3. Mohamad Salah- Roma
I am an absolute fan of Mohomad Salah. He may be called the Egyptian Messi but I’d rather pick a different nickname that makes Salah his own man because he is his own breed of player. Blistering pace and extraordinary skill makes the pharaoh of Rome hard to catch. Numbers? He is responsible for 13 goals in 22 games with 9 goals and 4 assists to his name. 80 percent pass completion and a 7.40 rating, all of this after maestro Miralem Pjanic left for Juventus and Roma are still only 4 points behind the Old Lady. Wow.
2. Naby Keita- RB Leipzig
The young, extraordinary glue that holds the most unpopular fairytale of all time. The defensive center midfielder is largely responsible for shutting down the explosive attacks of the Bundesliga. 15 games, 4 goals, 2 assists, 80 percent pass completion, an outstanding display against Werder Bremen and a terrific 7.52 rating for RB Leipzig has them in 2nd place and 3 points behind Bayern.
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang- Dortmund
The undisputed best footballer from the continent of Africa. The Gabonese greyhound, takes lethal runs with head turning pace and precise and cunning finishing. Dortmund is one of the most explosive clubs on the planet and it’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that has this club running. Treasured pace that has yet to be solved by any side on the planet has sunk 21 goals for Dortmund with 2 assists and he’s plugged in two Man of the Match performances. The phenomenal Gabonese striker is no doubt at the moment, the best African player on the planet.