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How many African players did MU have before bringing Ighalo?

MU is not in the habit of using African players, with striker Ighalo is a rare case. It should be noted that players from the black continent who join the Red Devils are often not very successful.

Striker Odion Ighalo became the first Nigerian player to wear a MU shirt with a six-month loan contract from Shanghai Shenhua. Before that, “Red Devil” had 6 other names from Africa throughout history.

Quinton Fortune (1999-2006)

Unlike Ighalo, Quinton Fortune never played at any club in Africa nor in his hometown of South Africa. The 1977 former midfielder started his career in Spain with Mallorca and Atletico Madrid, before moving to MU in 1999 for £ 1.5 million.

At MU, he made 76 appearances, scored 5 goals and won 1 Premier League title and 1 FA Cup, and became the longest African player in the MU shirt so far. Leaving in 2006, Quinton Fortune drifted through a few famous clubs before retiring in 2010.

Eric Bailly (2016-present)

Brought in under coach Jose Mourinho, Eric Bailly is one of the most expensive African players with a £ 30 million transfer. The Ivory Coast midfielder played an important role in the Europa League and League Cup championships of MU in the first season.

However, the constant injuries made Bailly unable to make a breakthrough in his career. He has not played for a minute this season due to still being treated for a terrible knee injury.

Eric Djemba-Djemba (2003-2005)

MU spent 3.5 million pounds for Nantes in 2003 to bring Eric Djemba-Djemba in the hope that the Cameroonian player will replace Roy Keane. However, what this midfielder left is very disappointing. 39 Eric Djemba-Djemba’s appearances have mostly come in cup tournaments or friendly matches. He left Manchester just two years later.

Mame Biram Diouf (2009-2012)

Mame Biram Diouf started as a dream at MU with a goal in his debut match with Burnley. Sir Alex Ferguson then wanted to make the Senegalese player a super substitute, like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But unexpectedly, that goal was the only … goal of Diouf during his time at MU. The presence of Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and young talent Daniel Welbeck made Diouf overshadowed.

Wilfried Zaha (2013-2015)

Wilfried Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last contract before leaving the head coach by bringing back from Crystal Palace for £ 15 million. Despite a contract for 5 and a half years, the Ivory Coast player has only made 2 appearances in the Premier League after the debut of new boss David Moyes in the British Super Cup.

Manucho (2008-2009)

Not many clubs made the transfer of players from Angola, so MU’s decision to bring in the unknown striker Manucho in 2007 caught the attention of NHM. The fans’ excitement increased after he had 4 goals in CAN 2008. However, he was troubled by a work permit, forcing MU to lend Panathinaikos.

In the end, Manucho only played once for MU before being loaned again and then sold. This year 36 years old, he is playing in the final days of his career when he joined the Spanish 3rd class team UE Cornella.

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The 10 greatest African players in history (Part 3)

5. Roger Milla – Cameroon

It would be a big mistake without Roger Milla on this list for the simple fact that he is a legend of African football, who has made great contributions to helping the continent make strides on the world football map. At the 1990 World Cup, despite being 38, Milla excelled to make Cameroon the first African team to make it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

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Four years later, he went on to set another record when he became the oldest player to play at the World Cup soccer festival at the age of 42. In 2007, Milla was voted the Best Footballer in Europe. Africa for 50 years.

4. Abedi Pele – Ghana

The player who won the Africa Player of the Year three times is best remembered for his successful playing time with Marseille. He helped Ligue 1 Club to win the Champions League in 1993. In addition, Pele also scored 33 goals in 67 appearances for Ghana and the team won the African Championship in 1982.

3. Samuel Eto’o – Cameroon

Samuel Eto’o is the most successful African player to play in Europe with the world’s top clubs such as Barcelona, ​​Inter Milan, Chelsea. Along with Yaya Toure, he is also a record player with 4 times to win the Best Player in Africa. At club level, the striker nicknamed “Black Panther” won 3 La Liga championships, 2 King’s Cups, 3 Champions Leagues, 1 Serie A, 2 Italian National Cups and the national team won 2 African championships.

2. Didier Drogba – Ivory Coast

“Elephant forest” is one of the most comprehensive and best strikers in African football history. Drogba was twice voted the Best Player of the Continent. At club level, he won every title with the Stamford Bridge team as 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups and 1 Champions League.

In 2012, Drogba was voted the best player of all time by Chelsea. In the national team of Ivory Coast, Drogba scored 65 goals in 104 appearances and ranked 4th in the list of top scorers for this country.

1. George Weah – Liberia

George Weah is the greatest player in the history of African football. The former AC Milan striker is the only player in the continent to win the Ballon d’Or, the European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year.

In his illustrious career, Weah has played for Monaco, PSG, AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Marseille. He won the Liberia, France, Italy and FA Cup championships. At the national level, he has 13 goals in 30 matches for Liberia. In 1996, George Weah was honored to receive the title of Best World Player of Africa.

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The 10 greatest African players in history (Part 1)

Africa is known as one of the continents producing many good players in the history of world football. Due to various external factors the football background of the Black Continent is much more affected in the development process compared to other continents.

Image result for drogba vs eto’o However, in recent decades, African football has made remarkable strides. The proof is that they were the first FIFA to host a World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. In addition, they also provide the world’s top leagues with quality players, not inferior to the talents from South America or Europe. Here, we take a look at 10 faces considered to be the best in the history of this Black Continental football.

10. Nwankwo Kanu – Nigeria

Nwankwo Kanu is one of the players who have won the most titles in African football history with the Netherlands Championship, Champions League, European Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Cup, Premier League, FA Cup, Super Cup of Water. England and Olympic Gold Medal. In his personal achievements, he also won the “Africa Player of the Year” twice in 1996 and 1999.

Kanu started to emerge from his Ajax career with excellent technical play and scoring ability. After leaving the Netherlands, the player born in 1976 moved to Inter Milan and then Arsenal. Kanu has 87 caps for Nigeria but could not help the national team to win the Cup of Africa nations.

9. Riyad Mahrez -Algeria

Born in a poor family from Algeria to France, Mahrez came to football in a very noisy way, until dawn with Leicester City last season. 17 goals and 11 assists of this 26-year-old midfielder is the main inspiration to help “Foxes” to the championship in the English Premier League, even if they only placed the odds of 5000/1 before the starting line.

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Top 5 best African star players in the world

A lot of the great African players in the world of football, and in modern football today there are many names on the way.

Thomas Partey – Atletico Madrid, Ghana

Born in Krobo Odumase in Eastern Ghana, Thomas Partey has the temperament of a general in midfield Atletico Madrid. Signing his first contract with the Spanish team in 2011, Partey is now 26 and one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. The Ghana international has been a cornerstone of Diego Simeone for the past two seasons. An indispensable player in the current Atletico team.

Kalidou Koulibaly – Napoli, Senegal

Receiving the award of the best defender in the Serie A season 2018-19, Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in the world, and easily the best defender in Africa today. Playing for Napoli in Italy, Koulibaly asserted himself to be a world-class center-back at one of the best tournaments in the world. Last season, he played more than 4300 minutes for the club, in which he only conceded 0.8 goals per 90 minutes in Serie A. Koulibaly is now 28 years old, with a few top years still ahead, now is one of the most coveted defenders in the world.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal, Gabon

Gabon national team captain Aubameyang has proven his mettle in Borussia Dortmund for years before moving to the English Premier League, of which he is the best player in Arsenal. As the former best player in Africa, Aubameyang is one of the most dangerous strikers in the world, having won the Golden Boot in both the Bundesliga and the Premier League. Since arriving in the Premier League, no one has scored more goals than the former Dortmund player. This season, it would not be an overstatement to say that he has been alone with Arsenal so far.

Sadio Mane – Liverpool FC, Senegal

Especially in this season, Mane has become the best player when Liverpool sit at the top of the Premier League and seem ready to move on to the next phase of the Champions League. Win a decisive situation against Leicester City, scoring the winner in the 95th minute in a tough match against Aston Villa recently in the 11th round of the Premier League. A winner of the Golden Boot last season and having scored 9 goals in the Premier League and Champions League this year, Mane’s pace, burst and determination are a threat to any defender facing him. ta. For his national team, Mane has scored 19 goals in 67 matches and is the former Southampton player who could even be considered the best Premier League player this season.

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool FC, Egypt

Salah’s world-class two seasons with The Kop secured him a top spot on this list. Since Mohamed Salah returned to England and joined Liverpool, he is one of the top 3 forwards in the world. Breaking the record for a Premier League season in 2018, and after that world-class season he won the Champions League, Salah became a true miracle for Liverpool. Known for his speed, dribbling, and finishing in the box, Salah is a constant threat to any defense that faces. Having won the last two Golden Boot of the Premier League, Salah is the former PFA Player of the Year, and the current African Footballer of the Year, having won for two consecutive years.