Seeing European-born African players playing for African countries is unusual. They prefer playing for European national teams. Here are the all-time West-African best XI players who played for European Countries.
11. Goalkeeper: Arthur Wharton (Ghana – England)
Arthur Wharton is widely considered to be the first black professional footballer in the world. Wharton was born in Jamestown, Gold Coast (now Accra, Ghana). At 19, Wharton moved to England. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of the impact he made on the game.
10. Central Defender: Jerome Boateng (Ghana – Germany)
Jerome Agyenim Boateng is an Afro-German and was born to a German mother named Martina Boateng and Ghanaian father in Berlin. Jerome plays for German club Bayern Munich and the Germany national team, different from his brother Kevin-Prince Boateng who represents for Ghana national team.
9. Right Defender: Samuel Umutiti (Cameroon – France)
Samuel Yves Umtiti was born and spent his first two years in the Cameroonian city of Yaoundé. He began his professional career with Lyon in France. Today he plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the France national team.
8. Central Defender: Angelo Ogbonna (Nigeria – Italy)
Angelo Obinze Ogbonna was born to Nigerian parents who emigrated from Nigeria to Italy in 1983, settling in the city of Cassino. The competent tackler plays for West Ham United and the Italian national team.
7. Left Defender: Patrice Evra (Senegal – France)
Patrice Latyr Evra was born in Dakar, Senegal to a father of Guinean descent and Juliette, a Cape Verdean mother. Raised in France, Evra has served as captain for both Manchester United and France. He recently plays for plays for Ligue 1 club Marseille.