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The Top 10 African Goalscorers In UCL History

Emmanuel Dennis' brace for Club Brugge against Real Madrid saw him become the latest African player to score in the UEFA Champions League. A number of stars from the continent have taken part in the competition, but which African players have scored the most?

Click through the gallery above to see the 10 leading African goalscorers in Champions League history, according to Transfermarkt!

Nigeria international Dennis got his Champions League account up and running with a brace against Los Blancos, but the 21-year-old still has some way to go before he breaks into the top 10 African goalscorers in the tournament proper.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba tops the list with 44 goals, which is also the 13th most in the competition's history by a player from any nation. The former Ivory Coast international also featured in the UCL with Marseille and Galatasaray, but enjoyed his greatest success with the Blues, with whom he won the 2011/12 title. 

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Drogba is followed in second place by former FC Barcelona hitman Samuel Eto'o, who plundered 30 goals in the Champions League. Cameroon's all-time leading goalscorer lifted the trophy on three separate occasions, doing so twice with Barca and once during his time with Inter Milan. 

Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah is in third place with 18 goals to his name, while Reds teammate Sadio Mane is three places behind on 14 strikes. Both players were part of the squad that won the 2018/19 title after beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final. 

Read: African Brugge Star Makes UCL History Against Real

Former Premier League stars Emmanuel Adebayor and Michael Essien are also in the top 10, which can be viewed in full by scrolling through the gallery above!

Note: Only goals scored during and after the group stage of the Champions League, and not the qualification stages, are considered for purposes of this list.

Who is the greatest African player to have played in the Champions League? Let us have your thoughts by commenting in the section below.  

 

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