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12 Mzansi Stars Who've Featured In UCL

With Bafana Bafana's record goalscorer Benni McCarthy being the only South African to have lifted the UEFA Champions League title, here are 12 South African stars who have featured in the competition, including a former Kaizer Chiefs defender.

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McCarthy, who is Bafana Bafana's all-time top scorer with 31 strikes, enjoyed a trophy-laden playing career for both club and country, most notably picking up a Champions League medal as well as an Intercontinental Cup, which is now commonly known as the FIFA Club World Cup, title with Portuguese outfit FC Porto.

The now Cape Town City FC coach thrived under the tutelage of manager Jose Mourinho at Porto, and was instrumental in his side's Champions League success in the 2003/04 campaign, netting four goals en route to the UCL title.

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The former Orlando Pirates forward's greatest contribution for Porto arrived in the first round knockout tie against Premier League giants Manchester United, scoring twice to sink the English giants in a 2-1 victory in the first leg.

While McCarthy remains the only South African to have tasted Champions League success, the former Ajax Amsterdam and Celta Vigo star is not the only player from Mzansi to have played in the competition.

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Tsepo Masilela burst on to the scene as a teenager, and made history by becoming the first player to make his national team debut before making his debut in South Africa's top flight division.

After spending one season in the Absa Premiership, Masilela secured a dream move abroad, penning a four-year deal with Maccabi Haifa. During his spell in Israel, Masilela won two league titles (08/09) and (10/11), and was particularly influential in the latter campaign as Maccabi Haifa secured a place in the UEFA Champions League.

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Others South African stars who have featured in Europe's biggest club competition include current Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngcongca and former Bafana defender Pierre Issa – click through the gallery above to see all SA players who have played in the Champions League!

Which player on this list do you consider to be the biggest SA legend, and why? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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