Many great African footballers have scored numerous goals at the continental tournament.
The UEFA Champions League (UCL) is one of club football’s most prestigious competitions. It is one of the most major awards that a European club can receive.
The competition itself is incredibly difficult to qualify for. To qualify for the UCL, a team must either win their domestic league or finish in the top four spots.
Playing in a prestigious competition is an honor for a footballer. Scoring a goal in the Champions League is a much more difficult task.
In the UCL, elite footballers from all over the world have scored goals for their respective European clubs. Focusing on African footballers, the continent has produced some of the best players in history.
African players face incredible obstacles to reach the top, and participating in the UCL is a source of pride for the entire continent.
Several of the top goal scorers in the UCL’s history have come from African countries. As a result, below are the top five Africans who have scored the most goals in the UEFA Champions League:
1. Didier Drogba – 44 goals
Didier Drogba was recently inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. The former Ivory Coast international is a legend of the sport and one of the finest footballers from Africa.
He holds the record of scoring the most goals in the UEFA Champions League for an African with 44 goals in 92 appearances.
2. Mohamed Salah – 36 goals
The Egyptian has been in sensational form for the past few seasons for Liverpool FC. He was crucial in guiding the Reds to the Champions League triumph in 2018-19 and the Premier League title in 2019-20.
He has 36 goals in 69 matches and will look to add more to his tally in the forthcoming games.
3. Samuel Eto’o – 30 goals
Samuel Eto’o is African royalty when it comes to legendary footballers from the continent.
He has played for elite European teams like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea among others. The forward has 30 goals in 78 appearances during his playing days.
4. Sadio Mane – 23 goals
Sadio Mane of Liverpool is the fourth highest African goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League. The winger has 23 goals from 53 appearances.
He has only represented the Reds in the competition, helping it to the trophy during the 2018-19 season. He also holds the record of being the joint top-scorer from Africa in the knockout stages of the competition.
5. Riyad Mahrez – 16 goals
Riyad Mahrez is arguably the best footballer ever from Algeria. He has scored 16 goals in the Champions League in 45 appearances.
The 31-year-old is yet to win the competition. He could end the drought with MCFC in the 2021-22 edition of the tournament.