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Top African scorers in Premier League history: Liverpool star Mohamed Salah leads the way ahead of three-time winner and Chelsea legend

The Premier League has benefited over the years from the talents of some of the best African footballers of all time.

And countless goals have been scored in England’s top flight by Africa’s biggest stars.

Salah is the highest-scoring African in Premier League history

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Salah is the highest-scoring African in Premier League historyCredit: Getty

From Mohamed Salah to Didier Drogba and Yaya Touré, talkSPORT.com looked at the 10 most memorable players in the history of the Premier League.

10. Nwankwo Kanu – 54 goals273 matches

The majority of other players on this list have made their names in the elite over the last 15 years, but Kanu’s peak was before then.

Arsenal signed the striker in 1999 from Inter Milan for just over £6 million, and he was a big success.

He made over 100 high-profile appearances for the Gunners and scored 30 goals, helping the club win the Premier League twice.

He left in 2004 but remained in England, joining West Brom and then Portsmouth, but he scored just 24 more goals in six seasons before Pompey were relegated in 2010, and he retired in 2012.

Kanu still in the top 10 African scorers

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Kanu still in the top 10 African scorersCredit: Getty Images-Getty

9. Yaya Touré – 62 goals, 230 matches

Given that Touré was a central midfielder, his Premier League numbers are even more impressive.

The Ivorian arrived from Barcelona in 2010 for around £25 million, but many people felt City overpaid, and they couldn’t have been more wrong.

Over the next eight years, Touré became the ideal midfielder, possessing sublime technique and an incredible engine.

He played his part in some brilliant teams, but no one will ever forget his 2013/14 campaign, as he scored 20 top-flight goals to help City win the Premier League trophy.

Touré is a Manchester City legend

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Touré is a Manchester City legendCredit: Getty

8. Wilfried Zaha – 68 goals305 matches

Zaha could be considered one of the most underrated wingers in the Premier League in modern times.

There were times when he seemed to be keeping Crystal Palace alone in the league, and he was often the club’s top scorer.

During his last five years in England, the Ivorian scored double the goals three times.

Unfortunately, a move to a big English club never materialized after his initial move to Manchester United fell through before returning to Palace.

But in 2023, he decided it was time to do something new and joined Galatasaray, where he scored in the Champions League at Old Trafford to silence his former club.

Zaha was Crystal Palace's talisman

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Zaha was Crystal Palace’s talismanCredit: Getty

7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 69 goals143 matches

When we think of Aubameyang, we probably remember Mikel Arteta booting him out of Arsenal and his struggles at Chelsea, but before all that he was a top striker.

His goals/games ratio is incredible, and under Arsène Wenger, Unai Emery and Arteta, the Gabon international has scored a lot.

Aubameyang joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and scored ten times in his first 13 league matches.

He followed that up with two 20+ years before his numbers dropped and problems started to arise.

In the end, Arteta decided to put the team first and Aubameyang was sent off, but we must not forget how good he was for two and a half years.

Aubameyang was a scoring machine before things turned sour

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Aubameyang was a scoring machine before things turned sourCredit: GETTY

6. Riyad Mahrez – 82 goals284 matches

Three-time winner Mahrez is also among Africa’s top scorers after an incredible career, scoring a total of 82 goals for Leicester and Man City.

Recruited for just over £400,000 by Leicester in 2014 from Harve, the Algeria international played a huge role in the Foxes’ shock title win in the 2015/16 season.

He scored an incredible 17 times as Leicester stunned everyone to become champions of England.

Mahrez joined Man City in the summer of 2018 and became a key player for Pep Guardiola on the right.

The winger proved to be a lethal finisher and scored all types of goals as he added more and more trophies to his personal tally before leaving for Saudi Arabia in 2023.

Mahrez has won five Premier League titles while scoring a lot

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Mahrez has won five Premier League titles while scoring a lotCredit: Getty

5. Yakubu Aiyegbeni – 95 goals252 matches

“Feed the Yak, and he will score” became a very popular chant at Everton while Yakubu played for the Toffees.

The Nigerian striker spent nine years in the Premier League and played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers.

At his peak, he was a top striker who scored over double figures in six top-flight seasons.

Yakubu may be one of the less hyped names on this list, but he was a born goalscorer and is a cult hero in all his previous Premier League teams.

Yakubu had an iconic celebration

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Yakubu had an iconic celebration

4. Emmanuel Adebayor – 97 goals, 241 matches

Adebayor is fourth after spells at Man City and north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

The Togo international originally joined the Gunners in 2006 from Monaco and struggled to integrate into the team.

But his breakthrough year proved to be the 2007/08 season when he scored 24 goals before joining City in 2009.

His most infamous moment came at City when he scored against Arsenal and rushed to the other end of the pitch to celebrate in front of the traveling Gunners supporters, sparking angry scenes outside.

Adebayor then left for a brief spell at Real Madrid before returning to play for Spurs, meaning many Arsenal fans are not huge fans of their former striker.

Adebayor has scored numerous goals for several “Big Six” teams

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Adebayor has scored numerous goals for several “Big Six” teams

3. Didier Drogba – 104 goals254 matches

In Drogba’s era, there wasn’t much any Premier League defender could do about it.

The Ivorian was an elite striker and after joining Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, he helped the Blues win three Premier League titles during his first spell with the club.

Drogba also played an important role in Chelsea’s first Champions League triumph, scoring a late equalizer against Bayern Munich and then scoring the winning penalty in the penalty shootout.

The striker then left for a spell at Galatasaray before José Mourinho brought him back, and he played one more season for the Blues, winning a fourth league title.

Drogba was in the lead before Salah and Mané took over

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Drogba was in the lead before Salah and Mané took overCredit: Getty

2. Sadio Mané – 111 goals263 matches

Salah’s former Liverpool teammate Mané is also on the list after years of tormenting defenses under Jurgen Klopp.

The current Al-Nassr striker sits second in the all-time goalscoring charts for African players in the Premier League.

Mane originally joined Southampton in 2014 from RB Salzburg and scored the fastest ever hat-trick against Aston Villa (2 minutes and 56 seconds).

Liverpool signed him in 2016 and Mané became a key part of the Premier League’s best attacking trio, along with Salah and Roberto Firmino.

As a unit, they scored 338 goals and provided 139 assists as Liverpool won the Premier League and became European champions.

Mané was unstoppable at times under Klopp

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Mané was unstoppable at times under KloppCredit: Getty

1. Mohamed Salah – 157 goals263 matches

Liverpool superstar Salah is the most successful African player in the history of the Premier League.

The Egyptian has dominated the top flight since signing for the Reds in 2017 following a brief spell at Chelsea.

Salah became the first player to score 32 goals in a single season in his first year at Anfield, and he has scored at least 19 goals in every campaign since.

Only two of his league goals have been scored for Chelsea, while 155 have been scored for Liverpool.

He is the club’s all-time top scorer in the Premier League, ahead of Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard in the rankings.

There is certainly an argument to be made that Salah is one of the greatest players in the league.

Salah is a Premier League icon

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Salah is a Premier League iconCredit: Getty

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