African footballers are doing well in Europe. Countries that initially did not have players shining in top leagues are now cheering their own. Kenya, for example, did not have a single footballer in English Premier League but today Victor Wanyama is flying the East African flag at Tottenham Hotspurs. West Africa has produced the highest number of stars and we can all agree they have represented the continent well. Today, we want to take a look at some of the most successful African stars by trophies

7. Kolo Toure- 10 Trophies

Ivory Coast International Kolo Toure has also represented English Premier League clubs namely Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. He won most of his trophies during his time with the Gunners. He also lifted Scottish Premier League with Celtic in 2016/17 season.


Premier League: 2003–04

FA Cup: 2002–03, 2004–05

FA Community Shield: 2002, 2004

Manchester City

Premier League: 2011-12


Scottish Premiership: 2016-17

Scottish League Cup: 2016–17

Scottish Cup: 2016-17

International- Ivory Coast

Africa Cup of Nations: 2015

6. John Obi Mikel- 12 Trophies

Nigerian International midfielder John Obi Mikel played for English Premier League Club Chelsea for 11 years since 2006. He won every trophy available in the club level. He left Blues in January to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA for an undisclosed fee.


Premier League: 2009–10, 2014–15

FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12

League Cup: 2006–07, 2014-15

FA Community Shield: 2009

UEFA Champions League: 2011–12

UEFA Europa League: 2012–13

International- Nigeria

Africa Cup of Nations: 2013

5. Nwankwo Kanu- 12 Trophies

Nigeria football legend Nwankwo Kanu is another decorated African sportsman. The striker started his journey of success at Ajax in the early 1990s winning several Eredivisie titles. The biggest break came in 1994-95 season when a young team overcame the might AC Milan to lift UEFA Champions League. It was a remarkable achievement that went on to make all members of that squad legends across Europe. Other members of that squad included De Boer brothers, Ronald Koeman, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert and Edwin Van Der Sar among others. Kanu also played for Arsenal and Portsmouth.


Eredivisie: 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96

UEFA Champions League: 1994–95

UEFA Super Cup: 1995

Intercontinental Cup: 1995

Inter Milan

UEFA Cup: 1997–98


Premier League: 2001–02, 2003–04

FA Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03

FA Community Shield: 1999


FA Cup: 2007–08

4. Michael Essien- 12 Trophies

Former Ghana International Michael Essien is one of the most celebrated midfielders in the history of African football. The box-to-box central midfielder enjoyed his best days at Ligue 1 side Lyon and Premier League giant Chelsea winning 12 trophies. He had short spells at Real Madrid (loan) and AC Milan.


Ligue 1: 2003–04, 2004–05

Trophée des Champions: 2003, 2004


Premier League: 2005–06, 2009–10

FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12

Football League Cup: 2006–07

FA Community Shield: 2009

UEFA Champions League: 2011–12

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