Apart from playing for European clubs, African players have dominated the major world football powers. According to a recent survey, the number of African players playing for teams in Europe has increased.
Nigeria has more players in the English Premiership, but only five of them represent the Super Eagles. The Ivoirians have five players, while Ghana has four players in the EPL. DR Congo has three players, Mali has two and Guinea has two as well. Algeria has two, including Mahrez, who was the best player in the English Premier League in the 2016/2017 season, while Benin has one.
Togo and Morocco have one each, while Kenya has two, including Divock Okoth Origi and Victor Wanyama who will square off for Liverpool and Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League final respectively.
The just-concluded English Premier League witnessed the influence of African players, and more than ever before, as these players presence contributed to the successes recorded by their teams.
Manchester City won the English Premier League and they have many African-born stars to thank for their success.
According to a German website, more than forty-two African players are contracted to English Premier League clubs, with Nigeria and Senegal leading the pack.
Fortunately, the maximum number of these players have grown so dominant in their clubs that fans become nervous each time they are not able to take to the field.
Arsenal, which will contest in the UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea, have the highest number of African players in their ranks. Apart from the likes of Alex Iwobi, Alexandre Lacazette, the club have more than seventeen players of African descent in their rank, from the U-15 cadre to the U-23 team.
Also, the current most influential player in the French league, Kylian Mbappe, is of Cameroonian heritage.
However, one phenomenon in all of these leagues is that African players always play prominent roles in successful teams.