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10 African Stars Who Have Featured In El Clasico

10 African Stars Who Have Featured In El Clasico

By Kurt Buckerfield - Dec 22, 2017 06:59 PM @KurtLaduma

Real Madrid’s African right-back Achraf Hakimi has been excellent for Los Blancos this season and could very well feature in El Clasico against FC Barcelona on Saturday. Check out 10 other African stars who have played in the historical fixture!

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery to see 10 African footballers who have played in one of the most watched derbies in football!  

Achraf, a Moroccan international, has displayed excellent maturity when he has played for Real this season, though Dani Carvajal is still favourite to start ahead of the 19-year-old in Saturday’s match.

Former Barca midfielder Seydou Keita has played nine Clasicos, which is the most for a player from the African continent, even more so than Samuel Eto’o, who featured eight times.

Current Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure represented Barca on five occasions in El Clasico, while Mahamadou Diarra, Emmanuel Adebayor, Michael Essien and Geremi all played in the heated fixture four times.

Ex-Catalan club player Alexandre Song ran out in El Clasico three times, as well as another former Barca player Emmanuel Amunike, while Samuel Okunowo played in one Clasico.

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With Achraf being just 19 years old, he will undoubtedly have many chances to play against the Blaugrana, and perhaps even break the record for the most appearances in El Clasico by an African.

The aforementioned Eto’o is the only African star in the gallery to have represented both clubs, though he enjoyed his best form at Barca, alongside the likes of Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi.

Soccer Laduma’s Rossella Ricco-Marrai is attending this year’s El Clasico thanks to La Liga’s offices in Johannesburg. Follow her daily dairy in Fan Park and our social channels.

Who do you think will win in El Clasico on Saturday? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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