Top 10 Best African Footballers of All Time [ Eto’o is #2 ]

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Updated: April 30, 2016

9. Essam El-Hadary

via vimeo.comYou can be forgiven for having never heard of Essam El-Hadary, given that he has only played a single season outside of Africa, for Swiss side FC Sion. El-Hadary spent his prime and the vast bulk of his career at Egyptian giants Al-Ahly, where he made 510 appearances, spending 12 of his 22-year ongoing career there. He is currently 42 and playing for Ismaily SC. His four African Cup of Nation wins is a record no other player can match, and over the course of three tournaments he didn’t concede a single goal and was named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ on each occasion. Still going strong, he currently has 148 caps for Egypt. In 2012 Didier Drogba described him as the “toughest opponent” he ever played against. Read more: Top 10 best young defenders in the world 2016

His four African Cup of Nation wins is a record no other player can match, and over the course of three tournaments he didn’t concede a single goal and was named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ on each occasion. Still going strong, he currently has 148 caps for Egypt. In 2012 Didier Drogba described him as the “toughest opponent” he ever played against.

Ezekiel Azure Zion is a sports writer and a blogger who loves what he does.

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