Top 5 Most Decorated African Footballers

Didier Drogba most decorated African footballers
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Many football fans have been wondering who the most decorated African footballers are. Apart from the World Cup, an African footballer has won almost every football title. However, some African football players have won more trophies than their African counterparts. It would be interesting to find out the African footballers who have won the most trophies. 

Therefore, here are the five most decorated African footballers in history.

1. Hossam Ashour — 39 trophies

Hossam Ashour most decorated African footballers
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Africa’s most decorated player is, in fact, second-most decorated in the world behind Dani Alves. His name is Hossam Ashour.

Hossam is an Egyptian footballer who played as a defensive midfielder for Al Ahly between 2003 and 2020, making over 290 appearances.

Although he only played fourteen times for the Egyptian national team, he won nothing less than 39 trophies overall.

He won 13 Egyptian Premier League titles, 4 Egyptian Cups, 10 Egyptian Super Cups, 6 CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederations Cup, and 5 CAF Super Cups.

2. Hossam Hassan – 35 trophies 

Hossam Hassan

Hossam is arguably one of the most decorated footballers in the world. His career spanned 24 years, from 1984 to 2008. Give or take, Hossam Hassan has 41 titles if the minor trophies are noted. However, most of the tournaments he won have been discontinued. This list will include major trophies that are still being played today.

He won the Egyptian Premier League 11 times with Al Ahly and 3 times with Zamalek SC. Hossam Hassan won 5 Egyptian Cups, 2 Egyptian Super Cups, 5 CAF Confederation Cups, 2 CAF Champions League trophies, 1 CAF Super Cup. He also won the UAE Pro League once with Al Ain, 

With the Egyptian national team, Hassan won 3 Africa Cup of Nations titles, 1 Arab Nations Cup (now known as FIFA Arab Cup), and gold medal at the men’s football tournament in the 1987 All-Africa Games.

Hossam Hassan is also Egypt’s record goalscorer and the third most capped player in international football.

3. Mohamed Aboutrika — 25 trophies

Mohamed Aboutrika

You can’t play for Al Ahly for a long period without amassing trophies along the way, and Aboutrika is one of the testaments. Undoubtedly one of the most underrated African footballers of all time, Mohamed Aboutrika played most of his career in Egypt with Al Ahly.

He won 7 Egyptian League titles, 5 CAF Champions League trophies, 2 Egyptian Cups, 4 Egyptian Super Cups, 4 CAF Super Cups, and the African Cup of Nations twice. In total, the former forward has around 25 major titles in his career.

4. Samuel Eto’o — 20 trophies

Samuel Eto'o Fils

Samuel Eto’o is one of the greatest African football legends who have won almost any trophies there is to win in football. 

The majority of Eto’o’s title wins came from Barcelona, where he won the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League multiple times. With the Cameroonian national team, he also lifted the Africa Cup of Nations title.

Samuel Eto’o has an impressive trophy collection which includes 3 UEFA Champions League titles, 3 La Liga titles, 2 Copa del Rey titles, 2 Copa Catalunya titles, and 2 Spanish Super Cups. During his stint with Inter Milan, he won 1 Serie A title, 2 Coppa Italia, 1 Italian Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup once. With the Cameroonian national team, Eto’o won the Olympic Gold Medal once in 2000 and the African Cup of Nations two times.

5. Didier Drogba — 18 trophies

Didier Drogba most decorated African footballers
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Although Didier Drogba was not able to win a trophy with his national team, he amassed a lot of titles in his club career, which makes him one of the most decorated African footballers. 

Didier Drogba won 4 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 Football League Cups, 2 FA Community Shields, and 1 UEFA Champions League title with Chelsea. While playing for Galatasaray, he won the Super Lig, Turkish Cup, and Turkish Super Cup. Late in his career, Drogba won the Western Conference (USL) with Phoenix Rising in 2018. 

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