The argument on the most decorated African Footballer always lingers in the minds of Football fans. It divides fans globally into varied schools of thought.
Indeed, there seems to be no end in sight for this argument. Why? Because the metrics for describing what “most decorated” should or can be twisted easily to fit into any idea.
Some football fans say the most decorated African Footballer should be the player with the most career trophies won. Others believe it should be the guy with the most personal awards won.
In the list below, we make an attempt to put the topic to bed using a combination of the two criteria – Major Trophies won & Personal accolades.
Most Decorated African Footballers By Major Trophies Won
In this category, we consider African Footballers with the highest numbers of major team Trophies won.
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The Cameroonian had a very illustrious career with his national team and in Europe.
He won the Spanish La Liga 3x, Copa del Rey 2x, Supercopa de Espana 2x, Italian Serie A 1x, Coppa Italia 2x.
More to it, he won Supercoppa Italiana 1x, FIFA Club World 1x, UEFA Champions League 3x, African Cup of Nations 2x, and Olympic Gold Medal 1x.
In summary, Samuel Eto’o has a total of 22 team trophies won in his illustrious career.
The former Manchester City superstar won a lot of team accolades. He won the Greek Football Cup 1x, Alpha Ethniki 1x, La Liga 2x, Copa del Rey 1x. The Supercopa de Espana 1x, UEFA Champions League 1x, UEFA Super Cup 1x are also on the list.
In addition, FIFA Club World Cup 1x, English Premier League 3x, FA Cup 1x, Carabao Cup 2x, FA Community Shield 1x, China League One 1x, African Cup of Nations 1x.
All in all, Yaya Toure won 17 (team) trophies in his career
The retired Chelsea legend enjoyed a very exciting career. Incredibly, he won the English Premier League 4x, FA Cup 4x, Carabao Cup 3x, FA Community Shield 2x.
He also won the UEFA Champions League 1x, Turkish Super Lig 1x, Turkish Cup 1x, Turkish Super Cup 1x, Western Conference (USL) 1x.
In a nutshell, Drogba won a total of 19 team Trophies in his career.
Most Decorated African Footballer By Personal Accolades won
Now, this category, taken as a support system for the first because some personal awards can be won after facing little to no opposition. Or, some level of inevitable bias from voters will help us take out a winner from the three listed above.
Please note that the personal awards considered in this category are awards from top football bodies, not those from media or other sources.
Ready?? Here we go.
|African Players||Personal Accolades Won|
- Samuel Eto’o has 8 personal awards in his career.
- Yaya Toure has 5 personal awards in his career.
- Didier Drogba has 6 personal awards in his career
Now, it is obvious that in this category, Eto’o is the winner yet again. Eto’o has the highest number of Personal Accolades.
Overall Most Decorated African Footballer: Team Trophies + Personal Accolades
In this category, we will sum up the total number of personal accolades and team Trophies won by Yaya Toure, Eto’o, and Didier Drogba.
See the chart below.
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Now, it is clear that Samuel Eto has the highest number of personal & Team Accolades.
The continent of Africa has seen a host of great football talent ply their trade locally and internationally. These legends are indeed worthy of every accolade alluded to them.
So, just to reiterate, who is the most decorated African footballer ever? Samael Eto’o. The former Barcelona Superstar has a total of 30 recognizable Personal & Team Accolades during his playing career.
Which current African footballers do you believe can be as decorated – or more decorated – as Samuel Eto’o?