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Top 5 African footballers with the most Premier League titles

African footballers. African footballers with most Premier League titles. The English Premier League is considered one of the best leagues in the world, drawing many African players to its teams since it started in 1992. African legends like Didier Drogba, Austin Okocha, Samuel Eto’o, Nwankwo Kanu, and Michael Essien have all enjoyed successful careers in the Premier League, leaving a lasting legacy in the highly-regarded league.

Here are the top 5 African players in the Premier League who have lifted the iconic trophy the most times.

5. Nwankwo Kanu – 2 titles

Starting at number five, we have Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu. During his five years with Arsenal, Kanu experienced significant success, being part of the Invincibles and winning two Premier League titles. Though he had a slow start, Kanu soon became a key player for the Gunners. Despite his appearances declining with the rise of Thierry Henry, Kanu remained an essential part of Arsène Wenger’s remarkable Arsenal squad and deserves more recognition for his contributions.
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 Nwankwo Kanu
Nwankwo Kanu

4. Laureano Mayer – 2 titles

Cameroonian international Laureano Mayer, better known as Lauren, played a crucial role in Arsenal’s remarkable team that won the Premier League twice in three years. As a right back, Lauren gradually became Arsenal’s first choice in his position and was an essential part of the team’s defense. He won Premier League titles in 2001-02 and 2003-04 and is still highly regarded in England as one of the “Invincibles.”

3. Yaya Toure – 3 titles

Often regarded as one of the Premier League’s greatest-ever midfielders, Yaya Toure is one of the most decorated African footballers. Joining Manchester City in 2010, Toure quickly became a central figure at the club, showcasing his brilliance in midfield. During his near-decade at the Etihad, Toure won the Premier League three times, in 2012, 2014, and 2018. His 2014 season stands out as one of the greatest by a midfielder, as he scored 20 goals and provided 9 assists.
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2. Didier Drogba – 4 titles

Didier Drogba is one of the Premier League’s most memorable and entertaining players, leaving an incredible legacy at Stamford Bridge. Brought in by José Mourinho from Marseille in the summer of 2004, Drogba quickly settled, scoring 16 goals in his first season and helping Chelsea win the Premier League title. His finest hour came in the 2009-10 season when he scored 29 goals in 32 league appearances, leading his team to league glory. Drogba also won Premier League titles in 2005-06 and 2014-15.

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba

1. Riyad Mahrez – 5 titles

With Manchester City’s remarkable title win this season, Riyad Mahrez has emerged as the most decorated African player in the Premier League. From Leicester’s stunning title triumph in 2014-15, which marked one of the most unexpected victories in league history, to now boasting five league titles, Mahrez’s journey to glory has been remarkable. He has won the league four times in just five seasons at the Etihad and has been a vital part of Pep Guardiola’s team. Mahrez’s excellence on the wings has greatly benefited City, and he has proven to be reliable on big occasions, consistently delivering impressive performances.