Five top scoring African players in England’s Premier League history
The English Premier League is one of the richest football leagues in the world, which has flourished with the investment of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as talented African football players.
Many fine players from Africa have played in the Premier League since the competition's inception three decades ago. Below is a list of the top five African goalscorers in the league’s history.
1- Mohamed Salah: 107 goals
Egyptian footballer and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah became the highest scoring African player in the history of England’s Premier League after scoring three goals against Manchester United on Sunday.
Salah's hat-trick helped Liverpool claim a thumping 5-0 win over the their arch-rivals at the Old Trafford stadium.
The 29-year-old achieved the feat in just 154 Premier League games. He is also Liverpool's 10th highest goalscorer of all time with a total of 140 goals to his name.
For Liverpool, Salah has now scored 105 goals while two goals came for Chelsea in the Premier League.
2- Didier Drogba: 104 goals
Amongst the greatest African players of all time is Didier Drogba. The Ivorian won four Premier League titles amongst 12 major honours with Chelsea, developing a reputation as a big game player with a series of important goals.
Drogba scored the winning spot-kick as Chelsea became the first London team to be crowned European champions in 2012, having taken the game to extra-time with a dramatic late equaliser in the final against Bayern Munich.
3- Sadio Mane: 100 goals
Sadio Mane became the third African footballer to reach a century of Premier League goals earlier this season, whilst he is also just the third player – after Les Ferdinand and Emile Heskey – to reach the division’s ‘100 club’ without scoring a single penalty.
The Senegal international arrived in the Premier League from Red Bull Salzburg in 2014, signing for Southampton and quickly establishing himself as one of the division’s most exciting players.
Mane has been a major factor in Liverpool’s recent successes both in the Premier League and Europe, winning the Champions League in 2019 before helping the Reds to a drought-breaking league title the following season.
4-Emmanuel Adebayor – 97 goals
A talented yet controversial figure, Adebayor enjoyed a prolific career in English football after joining Arsenal for just £3m in 2006.
The highest goalscorer in the history of the Togolese national team, Adebayor scored 46 goals in just 104 league appearances for Arsenal, before leaving for big-spending Manchester City in a £25m deal.
He enjoyed a solid debut season in Manchester – including that celebration – but soon fell out of favour, signing for Tottenham in 2011 after a brief loan spell with Real Madrid.
Yakubu – 95 goals
The Nigerian forward was a reliable goalscorer during spells at several Premier League clubs, scoring 95 goals in 252 appearances in English football’s top division.
He averaged better than a goal every other game for Blackburn, whilst he also enjoyed a prolific spell at Portsmouth and holds the record for most Premier League hat-tricks (four) by an African player alongside Salah.
He retired in 2017 after a brief spell at Coventry City, having enjoyed a nomadic career that spanned two decades and included spells at 14 different clubs.