On Saturday, May 26, 2018, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane joined 19 African players to become the 20th that have made it to the Champions League finals; he might have failed to make a bigger impact that day, but with his current form, things might turn to be better. With Sadio in mind, let’s look at the African Footballers who played most Champions League games.
5. Samuel Kuffour (Bayern München, Roma, Livorno) -73
His most remembered appearances include the entire match as Munich defeated Spanish side Valencia 5-4 on penalties in the 2000/01 Champions League final after the match had ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Ghanaian played in another final during the 1998/99 season but this time Bayern lost 2-1 to Manchester United.
4. Kolo Toure (Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Celtic) -74
Last year, former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure announced his retirement from football and taken up a coaching role at Celtic. One of the most decorated African footballers of all time, he made a strategic 74 Champions League appearances.
3. Michael Essien (Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan) -76
Michael Essien had suffered the agony of a narrow loss in a Champions League final, but he finally did get to host ” Big Ears” in May 2012 after nearly a decade of trying with Olympique Lyon of France and then England’s Chelsea and ultimately achieving that success with the latter.