Eto vs Drogba vs Yaya Toure is a logical debate that should go on among African football lovers. Why?
Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure are 3 of the best African footballers in modern football and they are often compared with each other.
Indeed, there seems to be no end in sight to this argument. Why? Because the metrics for describing what is “most decorated” 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 attempt to put the topic to bed using a combination of the two criteria – Major Trophies won and personal accolades.
So, by the end of the article, you’ll find out who is the most decorated in Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure.
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Eto vs Drogba vs Yaya Toure: Major Team Trophies Stats
In this category, we consider African Footballers with the highest numbers of major team Trophies won.
|AFRICAN PLAYERS||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.
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.
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The former Manchester City superstar won a lot of team accolades. He won the Greek Football Cup 1x, Alpha Ethniki 1x, La Liga 2x, and Copa del Rey 1x. The Supercopa de Espana 1x, UEFA Champions League 1x, and 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
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The retired Chelsea legend enjoyed a fascinating career. Incredibly, he won the English Premier League 4x, FA Cup 4x, Carabao Cup 3x, and FA Community Shield 2x.
He also won the UEFA Champions League 1x, Turkish Super Lig 1x, Turkish Cup 1x, Turkish Super Cup 1x, and Western Conference (USL) 1x.
In a nutshell, Drogba won a total of 19 team Trophies in his career.
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Eto vs Drogba Vs Yaya Toure: Personal Accolades Stats
Now, for this category, 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 media or other sources.
Ready?? Here we go.
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|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.
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Eto vs Drogba vs Yaya Toure: Team Trophies + Personal Accolades
This category 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.
|African Players||Team Trophies Won||Personal Accolades Won||Aggregate Trophies Won|
Now, it is clear that Samuel Eto has the highest number of personal and team Accolades.
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Drogba And Eto’o Career Goals: eto’o vs drogba statistics
The table below shows combined statistics for Drogba and Eto’o career goals.
|Team/Competition||Didier Drogba’s Goals||Samuel Eto’o’s Goals|
|Le Mans (French Ligue 2)||6||–|
|Guingamp (French Ligue 1)||20||–|
|Marseille (French Ligue 1)||32||–|
|Chelsea (English Premier League)||164||12|
|Shanghai Shenhua (Chinese Super League)||8||–|
|Galatasaray (Turkish Süper Lig)||20||–|
|Montreal Impact (MLS)||11||–|
|Ivory Coast National Team||65||56|
|Real Madrid (Spanish La Liga)||–||9|
|Mallorca (Spanish La Liga)||–||70|
|Barcelona (Spanish La Liga)||–||130|
|Inter Milan (Italian Serie A)||–||53|
|Anzhi Makhachkala (Russian Premier League)||–||25|
|Everton (English Premier League)||–||3|
|Sampdoria (Italian Serie A)||–||2|
|Antalyaspor (Turkish Süper Lig)||–||44|
|Konyaspor (Turkish Süper Lig)||–||6|
|Qatar Stars League||–||18|
This table provides a side-by-side comparison of the goals scored by Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o for various teams and competitions throughout their careers. Please note that the “-” symbol indicates that the player did not play for that particular team or in that competition during their career.
The continent of Africa has seen a host of great football talent ply their trade locally and internationally. These 3 legends are then worthy of every accolade alluded to them.
So, to reiterate, who has the most accolades in Samuel Eto’o vs Didier Drogba vs Yaya Toure? The answer is Samuel Eto’o. The former Barcelona Superstar has a total of 30 recognizable personal & team accolades during his playing career.
However, it is important to note that Samuel Eto is not the most decorated African player.