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Who Is The Greatest Footballer That Has Ever Come Out Of Africa?

Who is the greatest footballer that has ever come out of Africa and reasons for your answer?

Africa have produce the likes of JJ Okocha, Eto, George Weah, Kanu, Abedi Pele, Anthony Yeboah, Rashid Yekini, Emmanuelle Aminike, Daniel Amokachi, Patric Mboma, Didier Drogba, Roger Milla, Victor Ikpeba. and the rest of the norht African players.

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I am very surprised at d ansa i am seeing. There is only one best player frm africa. His name is

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TOBECHI ......Yes ...i am d best african player of al time. I have scored lots of goals 2ru s** . Worn lots of award. I have a record as d only player 2 score 6 goals in one day . I hav worn many awards by gvn birth...to many younga playas

hope i have convincd u...so next time bring beta topic

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Interestingly na YAKUBU AYEGBENI. He is one of the most consistent goal scorer in the EPL

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TO ME I WILL NAME

GEORGE OPONG WEAH

SAMUEL ETO

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How come Nigeria Has 200 mILLION Fhhucking people and Tha Nigerian National team can't even make it to the semi finals of the world cup?

....Smh...

...Ghana only has 25 million and they are a far better footballing Nation...

..I guess all the non athletic black west african genetics in African Americans must come from Nigeria.

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It's a toss up between Eto'o and Weah.

Weah edges it for me because he was WPOTY,Ballon D'Or and AFOTY in the same year. . .though Eto'o 's recent trophy haul can swing it in his favour

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Eto'o has overtaken George Weah for this.

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George Opong Weah

Samuel etoo

Abedi Pele

Roger Milla

Didier Drogba

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Yakubu Ayegbeni or Sani Kaita.

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So you are so intellectually sterile to decipher that it takes more for an outsider especially from Africa to conquer Europe and the other planets at large? U should give up with this idiocy of yours, it's becoming embarrassing.

For Weah to have won ever award available in 1995, he musta worked TWICE as hard as the Maldinins, Baresis and what-nots.

Weah is an AFRICAN LEGEND. Etoo cannot clean his shoes - i am not even sure Etoo is better than Rasheed Yekini.

Moronic stance. . . . .

Maldini is a legend. . . . .One of his kind.

U cannot equate Weah and Etoo to Maldini and Cannavaro.

Weah/Etoo(different countries). . . . . .Maldini/Cannavaro(same country).

My criteria for deciding the better player between Etoo and Weah is not purely based on WPOTY and EPOTY but based on the means of achieving those awards. Like i said, it musta been TWICE as HARD for an African player to be the best in Europe, Africa and the whole WORLD.

Etoo's era is even different to Weah'. . . . . .Only African players with exceptional abilities could play in leading clubs in Europe back then unlike these days when talentless Mikel Obi can play for Chelsea.

Abeg, don't compare. . . . .WEAH shytes on Etoo everyday of the week.

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An european player can only win 2 awards. The WPOTY and EPOTY. only players from other continent can win more than 2

that's besides the point. let's make this clearly as it's obvious that you are unusually slow today

My stance is.

Etoo is better than Weah

Maldini and Baresi are [b]better [/b]than cannavaro (are we clear on that)

If you quite rightly agree that Maldini is better than Cannavaro despite the fact that Cannavaro is a former WPOTY and EPOTY

then why should your rather sentimental criteria of deciding the better player between etoo and weah, be based on WPOTY and EPOTY achievement

when the same logic does not apply to Maldini and cannavaro. I'm seriously lost.

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Are you seriously this daft, show me where I implied Cannavaro is on the same level as Maldini

Your post below is what I responded to . . . . I have simply used your logic against you . . . . i.e weah is not better than eto'o simply because he won WPOTY

If you still fail to see the connection then I cannot help you.

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As I said earlier, you guys can't use a one-factor metric. It is misleading.

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You are a tarado. . . . .How is Maldini/Baresi different to Cannavaro?

They both won world cups. . . .AC Milan are a better side than Juventus so Canna might be short on medals plus Maldini had an outstanding career by playing till age 40.

U gotta be daft to even start comparing the two. . . . . .Why not compare Bellamy to Ryan Giggs? Anuofia!!!!

Consistency is bullshyte. . . . .

If i score 100% in a course once and you continued to score a range of 90% to 97% in the same course in 200 attempts.

My 100% still shytes on your zillion attempts - and that's the KEY.

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According to your moronic sense of reasoning. Cannavaro is better than the greats. . . .  Maldini and Baresi, simply because he won the WPOTY.

a feat that has never been achieved by these two defenders. now who should get some perspective.

I admire consistency anyday, which is why I would gladly admit that I goofed regarding my stance on the Zidane vs Ronnaldinho debate.

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Weah

Etoo

Drogba

Abedi

Milla

Kanu

Rabah Madjer

Tony Yeboah

El Hadj Diouf

Finidi

Essien

Weah anyday.

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Why should I cut weah some slacks. etoo has a better club and country career, performance and achievement wise and I backed it up

with facts chikena. who gives a poo if he didn't have the opportunity of showcasing his talent on the international stage.

etoo's [b]club stats [/b]still shits on weah's anyway .

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Undoubtedly George Weah!!

Samuel Eto Fils comes in close second.

Roger Milla would be third

Didier Drogba ties with Nwankwo Kanu (In my books).

The rest are behind these guys.

Okocha is the worst.

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Stop arguing for the sake of it.

George Weah was a better striker than Etoo can ever be.

Swap Etoo for Weah in the Cameroon team between 1999 and 2010 and Weah woulda done more than Etoo did for his country.

Weah also played in Europe in the pre-Bosman era where few foreign players were tolerated in European teams.

U cannot use team achievement to judge the 2 players otherwise Hossam Hassan of Egypt is better than Shevchenko of Ukraine.

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let's see their stats now, na who dey hold una hands.

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compare both players (etoo and weah) stats and let's see the winner. wetin you dey yarn na conjectures wey dey diluted with sentiment as far

as i'm concerned.

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Gary Neville too old sef. . . . .Try Wes Brown or John O'Shea!!!!

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^^^If I did one for Gary Neville, you go bow!

It is unfair to be highlighting his country achievement as it is a team effort. Weah was not blessed with playing for a top country.

Etoo is a fantastic player but inferior to Weah, slightly.

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Eto o's HONOURS

Internationale

Serie A

Coppa Italia Champions

Supercoppa Italana Runner-up

UEFA Champions League

FC Barcelona

2008/09 Champions League

2008/09 Liga

2008/09 Copa del Rey

2006/07 Spanish Supercup

2005/06 Champions League

2005/06 Liga

2005/06 Spanish Supercup

2004/05 Liga

Real Madrid

1999/00 Champions League

1997/98 Intercontinental Cup

Real Mallorca

2002/03 Spanish Cup

Cameroon

2008 African Cup runners up

2003 Confederation Cup runners up

2002 African Cup of nations winner

2000 African Cup of nations winner

2000 Gold medal Sidney Olympics

Individual Awards

2005/06 Spanish League top goalscorer

2004/05 Third place FIFA WORLD PLAYER

2004/05 African Player of the Year

2003/04 African Player of the Year

2002/03 African Player of the Year

nuff said

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Lemme also add this. . . . . . .

Etoo hasn't been relevant for the past 10 years in Europe. It's a huge myth.

He became relevant after joining Barcelona in 2004 and playing with the best players in Europe(Ronaldinho, Guily, Messi, Xavi, Deco, Larsson, etc).

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Weah was not exceptional for only season. He was second place in WPOTY in 1996 (in the top 20 in 1997) and also won AFoY in 1989 (3 times in total and was almost engrained in top 5 [mostly 2nd] from 1988 to 1999, about 11 years). And this is all without playing international football that will have helped win him more votes especially in WC years.

Also the first half of his career was mainly when there was foreign player restrictions in Europe. The year he moved to Europe, 1988, he was immediately in top 5 of AFoY. I am sure he was good before that but being local meant no sufficient votes and regards.

So taking into account these 2 handicaps (international football and restricted start leading to lack of recognition), one can say Weah was under-rated even considering his high ratings.

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The question now is. . . . . . . . . .Did Etoo ever reach George Weah's optimal performance in 1995 in his 10 years consistency?

The answer is a blatant NO!!!!!!

Etoo will never ever achieve what George Weah achieved in 1995 and to be perfectly honest, there's no African player that can reach that height again.

WPOTY

Ballon d'Or

APOTY

I will have that before Etoo's 3rd best in the world for the last 5000 years.

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How ? based on one exceptional season

samuel etoo has managed to remain highly relevant in european footie since 2000, 10 feaking years.

winning 3 uefa champions league and scoring in two of the 3 finals. I don't need to dig up his entire stats, do I

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George weah had a magnificent season in 1995 = 90% and that was it

Etoo on the otherhand has been the most consistent striker in the world since 2000 and consistency in this context represents exceptional standard

besides he was the 3rd best player in the world in 05/06 according to fifa. haba, he no easy

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If you are going to apply a performance metric to such activities as football, it will be a multi-facet metric, not just singular. And then you apply weightings to each.

I would expect consistency (incl. length of excellence), optimal form, awards won, level played at and inspirational role in team to all apply for this metric.

I would expect consistency to pip optimal form in weightings marginally (think 35% to 30%).

That said, Weah will still win over Etoo OVERALL when all scores are added up.

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Be smart, don't be a slowpoke.

I am just showing you consistency does not necessarily mean excellence.

A student that scores 30% 32% 31% and 29% is consistent but he's a failure!!!!

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Who decided the performance index you provided?.  you, fifa or footie fans,journalists and pundits all over the world.

Even my 6 year old nephew can manipulate and formulate statistics to favour his argument.

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I think you should be careful about the way you use the word "consistency"

One can be consistently poor or consistently average.

Student A

99%

91%

85%

72%

Student B

65%

67%

66%

68%

Student B is more consistent but student A is the better student.

Etoo has been among the best players in the last 5 years but there was never a time he was rated the best in Europe or the world at large.

Common sense suggests George Weah is the greatest cos he won the WPOTY + Ballon d'Or and African Player Of The Year in a single year.

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The operative word here is "consistency". he had one mad season in 95, a season when his competitors didn't perform to expectation therefore leaving weah

as the only worthy candidate. taking nothing away fom him, his achievement was short-lived unlike etoo who has been the most consistent african player ever.

FACT

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Even Samuel Etoo will slap you for this blasphemy.

George Weah is the greatest footballer from Africa.

WPOTY, European Player of The Year in 1995. . . . . . . .There's no African that would beat that record in the next 5 centuries.

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in terms of [b]consistency [/b]and achievement, samuel eto'o is the greatest african footballer of all time. george weah is a close second.

Etoo

weah

abedi pele

Milla

kanu

kalusha

finidi

madjer

Hossam hassan

diouf

drogba

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George Weah

Samuel Eto'o

Abedi Ayew

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These are players i saw play:

Jay Jay

Drogba

Eto'o

Weah

Hossam Hassam

Mustapha Hadji

Patrick Mboma

Taribo West

Benny Mccarthy

Aboutrika

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i ll say samuel eto'o fils.

he did better than weah but weah was lucky to ve it while eto'o wasn't lucky enufto get the crown of the world's best.

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@OP

George Weah without a doubt!!

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HIS FOOTBALL CAREER STARTED AND ENDED IN ALGERIA. APART FROM JUVENTUS, THERE WERE SOME OTHER EUROPEAN CLUBSIDES THAT REQUIRED HIS SERVICES BUT HIS ANSWER WAS NO.

L.BELLOUMI, WITHOUT DISPUTE, IS ONE OF AFRICA'S GREATEST.

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What a great player he was then. Belloumi refused to go professional when a team like Juventus came calling. Indeed, he is one of Africa's greatest.

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Thank God some people recognise Lakhdar Belloumi.

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Senegal 92. . . . . .

Ugbade n Oruma were peripherals for Nigeria throughout their career.

I can't remember em pinning down a position in any tournament.

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Lamptey only won Italia 1991 scoring a bicylcle kick against Brazil in the quaters he was losing finalist in Australia too.

Benny Mccarty and Wilson Oruma were highly rated in the early stages of their career.

OK when was Lampteys best year and best tournament at Senior level to make hm more than a teenage star like Wilson Oruma or Nduka Ugbade

Nduka Ugbade achieved the same thing with Lamptey did.

U17 Champion in 1985, U21 runners up in 1989

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Lamptey won under 17 and under 20. . . . .Has Opabunmi done that yet?

Pele rated this guy but Lamptey had the rotten luck to have been born in the wrong decade.

He lit up African football in the early 90s.

I should also add Moustafa Hadji to the list.

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