Top 10 African Footballers with most trophies for club and country
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Top 10 African Footballers with most trophies for club and country

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African players have been a huge part of football history across the globe. They have been part of some of the most successful football clubs.

Some have been a part of special clubs and have gone on to achieve great things – but who amongst them past or presents are the most successful?

In this article, SportsRation lists the top 10 African footballers based on trophies won for the club and their country without listing individual honours.

10. Geremi Njitap (12)

Geremi Njitap during his playing days with Real Madrid

Country: Cameroon
Current club: Retired
Club trophies: 9
International trophies: 3

Club
Racing Bafoussam

(1) Cameroonian Premier League: 1995
(1) Cameroonian Cup: 1996

Real Madrid

(1) La Liga: 2000–01
(2) UEFA Champions League: 1999–2000, 2001–02

Chelsea

(2) Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06
(1) FA Community Shield: 2005

Newcastle United

(1) Football League Championship: 2009–10

International
Cameroon

(1) Olympic Gold Medal: 2000
(2) African Cup of Nations: 2000, 2002

9. Benedict Saul “Benni” McCarthy (13)

Benni Mccarthy during his play days with FC Porto

Country: South Africa
Current club: Retired
Club trophies: 13
International trophies: 0

Ajax

(1) Eredivisie: 1997–98
(2) KNVB Cup: 1997–98, 1998–99

Celta

(1) UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2000

Porto

(2) Primeira Liga: 2003–04, 2005–06
(1) Taça de Portugal: 2005–06
(2) Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2003, 2004
(1) UEFA Champions League: 2003–04
(1) Intercontinental Cup: 2004

Orlando Pirates

(1) Premier League: 2011–12
(1) MTN 8: 2011
(1) Telkom Knockout: 2011

8. John Obi Mikel (13)

Mikel Obi in action for Chelsea in a champions league final game against Bayern Munich in 2012

Country: Nigeria
Current club: unattached
Club trophies: 12
International trophies: 1

Chelsea

(2) Premier League: 2009–10, 2014–15
(4) FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
(2) Football League Cup: 2006–07, 2014-15
(1) FA Community Shield: 2009
(1) UEFA Champions League: 2011–12
(1) UEFA Europa League: 2012–13

Trabzonspor

(1) Turkish Cup: 2019–20

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Nigeria

(1) Africa Cup of Nations: 2013

7. Michael Essien (15)

Michael Essien

Country: Ghana
Current club: Retired
Club trophies: 15
International trophies: 0

Lyon

(2) Ligue 1: 2003–04, 2004–05
(2) Trophée des Champions: 2003, 2004

Chelsea

(2) Premier League: 2005–06, 2009–10
(4) FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
(3) Football League Cup: 2006–07
(1) FA Community Shield: 2009
(1) UEFA Champions League: 2011–12

Real Madrid
(1) Supercopa de España 2012-13

6. Samuel Kuffour (15)

Samuel Kuffur after winning the champions league with Bayern Munich in 2001

Country: Ghana
Current club: Retired
Club trophies: 14
International trophies: 1

Bayern Munich

(6) Bundesliga: 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05
(4) DFB-Pokal: 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2002–03, 2004–05
(2) DFB-Ligapokal: 2000, 2004
(1) UEFA Champions League: 2000–01
(1) Intercontinental Cup: 2001

International
Ghana Youth
(1) FIFA U-17 World Championship: 1991

5. Seydou Keita (17)

Seydou Keita celebrating one of his goals during his playing days with Barcelona

Country: Mali
Current club: Retired
Club trophies: 17
International trophies: 0

Lorient

(1) Coupe de France: 2001–02

Lens

(1) UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2005

Sevilla

(1) Supercopa de España: 2007

Barcelona

(3) La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
(2) Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12
(3) Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010, 2011
(2) UEFA Champions League: 2008–09, 2010–11
(2) UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
(2) FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011

3. Yaya Toure (18)

yaya toure in City colours

Country: Ivory Coast
Current club: Retired
Club trophies: 17
International trophies: 1

Olympiacos

(1) Alpha Ethniki: 2005–06
(1) Greek Football Cup: 2005–06

Barcelona

(2) La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10
(1) Copa del Rey: 2008–09
(1) Supercopa de España: 2009
(1) UEFA Champions League: 2008–09
(1) UEFA Super Cup: 2009
(1) FIFA Club World Cup: 2009

Manchester City

(3) Premier League: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2017–18
(1) FA Cup: 2010–11
(2) Football League Cup: 2013–14, 2015–16
(1) FA Community Shield: 2012

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Qingdao Huanghai

(1) China League One: 2019

Ivory Coast

(1) Africa Cup of Nations: 2015

3. Kanu Nwankwo (18)

Kanu nwankwo after scoring a goal in Arsenal colours

Country: Nigeria
Current club: Retired
Club trophies: 15
International trophies: 3

Iwuanyanwu Nationale

(1) Nigerian Premier League: 1992–93

Ajax

(3) Eredivisie: 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96
(1) UEFA Champions League: 1994–95
(1) UEFA Super Cup: 1995
(1) Intercontinental Cup: 1995

Inter Milan

(1) UEFA Cup: 1997–98

Arsenal

(2) Premier League: 2001–02, 2003–04
(2) FA Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03
(1) FA Charity Shield: 1999
(1) UEFA Cup runner-up: 1999–2000

Portsmouth

(1) FA Cup: 2007–08

Nigeria U17

(1) FIFA U-17 World Cup: 1993

Nigeria U23

(1) Olympic Gold Medal: 1996

Nigeria

(1) Afro-Asian Cup of Nations: 1995

2. Didier Drogba (18)

Drogba in Chelsea colours

Country: Ivory Coast
Current club: Retired
Club trophies: (18)
International trophies: 0

Chelsea

(4) Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15
(4) FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
(3) Football League Cup: 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014–15
(2) FA Community Shield: 2005, 2009
(1) UEFA Champions League: 2011–12

Galatasaray

(1) Süper Lig: 2012–13
(1) Turkish Cup: 2013–14
(1) Turkish Super Cup: 2013

Phoenix Rising

(1) Western Conference (USL): 2018

1. Samuel Eto’o (19)

Samuel Eto in colours of Barcelona

Country: Cameroon
Current club: Retired
Club trophies: 16
International trophies: 3

Real Madrid

(1) UEFA Champions League: 1999–00

Mallorca

(1) Copa del Rey: 2002–03

Barcelona

(3) La Liga: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09
(1) Copa del Rey: 2008–09
(2) Supercopa de España: 2005, 2006
(2) UEFA Champions League: 2005–06, 2008–09

Inter Milan

(1) Serie A: 2009–10
(2) Coppa Italia: 2009–10, 2010–11
(1) Supercoppa Italiana: 2010
(1) UEFA Champions League: 2009–10
(1) FIFA Club World Cup: 2010

Cameroon

(2) African Cup of Nations: 2000, 2002
(1) Olympic Gold Medal: 2000

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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