10 Greatest African Players of All Time

10. Rabah Madjer (Algeria)

With his every touch, Madjer won more fans!

The rule book is here. To earn a cult-hero status down in Africa, tis simple; play like Rabah Madjer. For generations to follow, it will serve their egos and careers a breathe of life they played halve the kind of football Madjer played. He was constantly on the prowl. Constantly cursing the soul out of defenders for picking the wrong career path. He kept an air of danger about him that left pundits lost for superlatives to describe his immense talent and never let defenders settle. Talk Rabah Madjer. Talk his magnificent goal in Porto’s 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the final match of Champions League 1986-87, the first Champions League triumph for Porto. The skill, the nerve, the gut and the soul to kick the ball was simply breathtaking. He was an archetypal striker, had the technique and cottage to score many goals from all angles in the penalty box. Everything sparkling Algerian football now, pass the praise, the tribute to Rabah. And then go into raptures over Madjer. His class is permanent!

Club honours: Algerian Cup: 1978–79, European Cup: 1986–87, UEFA Super Cup: 1987, Intercontinental Cup: 1987, Portuguese League: 1985–86, 1987–88, 1990–91, Portuguese Cup: 1987–88, 1990–91, Portuguese Supercup: 1986, 1991

Country honours: Africa Cup of Nations: 1990; Runner-up 1980, Afro-Asian Cup of Nations: 1991

Individual honours: African Footballer of the Year: 1987 Arab Footballer of the 20th Century: 2004, Algerian Footballer of the 20th Century: 2009 (with Lakhdar Belloumi), Algerian Footballer of the Year: Several awards, African Footballer of the 20th Century: Fifth place.


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