African countries are currently fighting for a place in 2019 AFCON finals set to be held in June 2019 in Cameroon. The Likes of Egypt, Tunisia, Kenya, and Uganda are almost there but the job is not done just yet. We continue to enjoy watching stars from the continent doing well in European leagues. They include Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Eric Bailly, Wilfried Ndindi and Victor Wanyama among others. It is the reason why we want to recognize and celebrate five African legends with most goals in World Cup record books.
5. Papa Bouba Diop- 3 Goals
— Proper Football (@sid_lambert) May 31, 2018
Senegal legendary midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is remembered for scoring a wonderful goal against defending Champions France in 2002 that eventually eliminated them. He always gave everything on the pitch. He also scored a brace against Uruguay in the same tournament to help his team reach the quarterfinals. The legend netted 11 goals in 63 caps for his country. He played for Fulham, Birmingham City, West Ham, and Portsmouth.
4. Samuel Eto’o- 3 Goals
WORLD CUP REWIND: #OnThisDay in 2002, Ireland 1-1 Cameroon. Patrick Mboma puts the African side ahead thanks to some magic from Samuel Eto’o. A sweet strike from Matty Holland levels it…pic.twitter.com/yOCzT1FKrz
— Proper Football (@sid_lambert) June 1, 2018
Cameroon football legend Samuel Etoo made his World Cup debut in France 1998 at a tender age of 17 years and 97 days. He remains the second youngest debutant behind Norman Whiteside (17 Years, 41 Days). It was not a great start because his country lost the match 3-0 to Italy in a Group B match held on 17th June at Montpellier. The striker, who is 37 years today, went on to collect 118 caps for his country scoring a record 56 goals, 3 of them scored in the World Cup. The forward helped his country lift 2 AFCON titles and 1 Gold Medal in the Olympics. He is the most decorated African footballer of all times.
3. Ahmed Musa- 4 Goals
— RockBoys (@ROCKBOYSonline) June 22, 2018
Nigeria 2018 World Cup contribution will be remembered because of Ahmed Musa heroics against Iceland. The winger netted his third and fourth World Cup goals to become only the third player in the African players’ top scorers list. It is a massive achievement given the caliber of stars who played for Super Eagles before him. He has done better than Jay Jay Okocha, Yakubu, and Nwankwo Kanu among others.