African players who have played at least once in Europe during their careers have never gone unnoticed for their achievements, and those who have watched the game of football for a long time will recognize many of the names on this list.
African players have always been superb footballers, especially when it comes to goal-scoring and defending, since the game’s inception.
So, today, we’re going to rank the top African goal scorers of all time on a first-come, first-served basis. So keep reading to find out who Africa’s all-time leading goal scorer is.
- Dieudonné Dieumerci
Dieudonné Dieumerci Mbokani Bezua, 35, is a Congolese professional soccer player who currently plays as a striker for Kuwait SC in the Kuwait Premier League. Mbokani began his soccer career with Bel’Or, where he scored 16 goals as the league’s top scorer in 2004.
He represented the Republic of Congo at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and 2015, helping them finish third in the latter event. Mbokani is the sixth best goalscorer in African history, with 328 goals in 704 games.
- Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba Tébily is a former Ivorian striker who played for Phoenix Rising as well as the Ivory Coast senior team. He is best known for his stint as a player for Chelsea, when he scored goals than every foreign player and is presently the club’s fourth top goalscorer.
Chelsea fans chose Drogba to their team of the decade from 2010 to 2020. He has been named African Football player of the Year twice, in 2006 and 2009. Drogba is Africa’s fourth top goalscorer of all time, with 369 goals in 795 games.
- Chitalu Godfrey
Godfrey Chitalu was a forward for the Kabwe Warriors and the Zambia senior team in professional soccer. He is largely recognized as the greatest Zambian player of all time, having set the goalscoring record for his country and being named Zambian Player of the Year 5 times.
He was also named one of the finest 200 African players of the previous 50 years by CAF fifteen years ago. Chitalu is the third most African striker of all time, with 393 goals in 598 matches.
- Samuel Eto’o
Samuel Eto’o Fils is a retired Cameroonian striker who previously played for Real Madrid as well as the Cameroon senior team.
He earned the African Player award four times, making him one of the best African players of all time. Eto’o was a member of the Cameroonian national team that won a Gold Medal at the Olympics back in 2002. Also, he also won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002. Eto’o also played in 6 Afcon and four World Cups for the team.
- Albert Milla
Albert Milla Roger Roger Miller, better known by his nickname Roger Milla, is a retired Cameroonian footballer who played forward at Monaco and the Cameroonian senior team.
At the age of 38, he made international history by scoring four goals in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, making him the oldest scorer in the FIFA World Cup history. Cameroon became the first ever African team to reach the World Cup quarterfinals thanks to his efforts. Milla exceeded his own records as the oldest scorer in a World Cup four years later, when he scored in a match against Russia in the 1994 Worldcup at the age of 42.
Pelé named him to the FIFA top 100 of the world’s finest surviving players seventeen years ago. Milla was awarded the best African footballer of the preceding 50 years by the Confederation of African Football 14 years ago.
Milla holds the African record for most goals scored with 479 in 811 games.