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The Most Decorated African Stars In Europe

Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o are widely thought of as the most successful African footballers to have played in Europe, but who won the most trophies across the continent's five strongest leagues?

Click through the gallery above to see the African footballers with the most trophies across Europe's top five leagues!

Although European football has long been dominated by European and South American footballers, there have plenty of African players who have celebrated enormous success in the continent's top divisions.

Eto'o, Cameroon's record goalscorer, won 15 trophies during his time in Europe's best five divisions, including two consecutive trebles while on the books of FC Barcelona and Inter Milan.

The former striker's first trophy came in the form of the Copa del Rey in the 2002/03 season with Mallorca, before he enjoyed further success at the Catalan club, where he added another eight pieces of silverware to his personal cabinet.

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Eto'o eventually joined Inter in 2010 after falling out of favour with Pep Guardiola, and won another six trophies in Italy, including the Serie A and UEFA Champions League titles.

The 15 trophies won by the ex-Indomitable Lion makes him only the third most successful African footballer in Europe's most competitive leagues, behind second-placed Seydou Keita, a former colleague of his at Barca.

The Malian midfielder claimed 17 team accolades during his European playing career, but who holds the record for the most trophies in Europe's top five leagues as an African player? None other than Bruce Grobbelaar. The South African-born goalkeeper lifted an incredible 19 trophies during his incredible Liverpool career, including six league titles.

Despite being born in Durban, the ex-shot-stopper represented Zimbabwe at international level on 38 occasions between 1980 and 1998.

Further down the ranking is Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba, who won 14 trophies in Europe's top leagues, all coming during his time at Chelsea, while former Bayern Munich defender Samuel Kuffour claimed the same number of silverware.

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