The Premier League is home to some of the best footballers from across the globe. Clubs in the English top flight recruit top notch talents due to their financial might.
Players from Europe and South America dominate the league but on a few occasions, individuals from continents like Asia and Africa also win everyone’s hearts.
They have earned a lot of plaudits, showcasing brilliant technical and physical capabilities. Thanks to their performances, these players were already heroes back home, and became well-renowned names in England and the world beyond.
Some of the best African players of all-time have plied their trade in the Premier League and scored a lot of goals. Here are the top three African players who have scored 100+ goals in the Premier League:
Drogba’s 104 Premier League goals distinguished him as the highest-scoring African player in the division until 2021, when Mohamed Salah passed his goal tally. Nevertheless, Drogba’s presence in the 100 club commemorates his achievements in the Premier League.
Four-times Premier League champion Didier Drogba made 254 top-flight appearances for Chelsea, scoring on 104 occasions in two spells for the London club. The Ivorian won the Golden Boot award in 2006/07 and 2009/10 and in the former he notched his favourite Premier League goal.
On 25 September 2021, Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal for Liverpool in a 3–3 draw away to Brentford. Reaching 100 top-flight goals in fewer games than any player in Liverpool history, he achieved the milestone in 151 games, one game fewer than Roger Hunt who reached a century of goals in 152 games. When Salah hit his 100th Premier League goal earlier this season, Liverpool handed him a commemorative shirt at Kirkby.
Mane is the third African player to score 100 times in the Premier League and only the third player to do so in the division without any penalties. At Southampton, he scored 21 goals after 67 league matches before moving to Anfield in June 2016 and he has enjoyed a fine goalscoring form with the Reds.