Ghana has the highest number of winners (five) out of the 13 African countries who can boast of having at least a player to have clinched the coveted the prize.
Abedi Pele Ayew was the first Ghanaian player to win the UEFA Champions League, but he became the third player after Bruce Grobbelaar from Zimbabwe in 1983-84 season with Liverpool and Rabah Madjer from Algeria in the 1986-87 with FC Porto.
In total, 22 players have previously laid their hands-on the most covetous trophy in the European club football.
Samuel Eto’o Fils is the only African player to have won the UEFA Champions League on three occasions, while for Mali international Seydou Keita has won it twice.
The rest of the 17 players have won it on just one occasion.
Below is a list of winners (countries, clubs and season) in descending order:
Below are all 25 African UEFA Champions League winners:
1983/84: Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe) – Liverpool
1986/87: Rabah Madjer (Algeria) – FC Porto
1992/93: Abedi Pelé (Ghana) – Olympique de Marseille
1994/95: Finidi George (Nigeria) – AFC Ajax
1994/95: Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria) – AFC Ajax
1996/97: Ibrahim Tanko (Ghana) – Borussia Dortmund
1999/00: Geremi (Cameroon) – Real Madrid
2000/01: Samuel Kuffour (Ghana) – Bayern München
2003/04: Benni McCarthy (South Africa) – FC Porto
2004/05: Djimi Traoré (Mali) – Liverpool
2005/06, 2008/09: Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) – FC Barcelona (also in 2009/10 with Inter Milan)
2008/09: Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast) – FC Barcelona
2008/09, 2010/11: Seydou Keita (Mali) – FC Barcelona
2009/10: Sulley Muntari (Ghana) – Inter Milan
2009/10: McDonald Mariga (Kenya) – Inter Milan
2011/12: Jon Obi Mikel (Nigeria) – Chelsea
2011/12: Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast) – Chelsea
2011/12: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) – Chelsea
2011/12: Michael Essien (Ghana) – Chelsea
2017/18: Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) – Real Madrid
2018/19: Mohamed Salah (Egypt) – Liverpool
2018/19: Sadio Mane (Senegal) – Liverpool
2018/19: Joel Matip (Cameroon) – Liverpool
2018/19: Naby Keita (Guinea) – Liverpool
2020/21: Eduoard Mendy (Senegal) – Chelsea
2020/21: Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) – Morocco
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