Rio Ferdinand Picks Premier League's Top Five African Players After Sadio Mane Transfer - Streetot '

Rio Ferdinand has named Sadio Mane as one of the five best African players in Premier League history following his transfer to Bayern Munich.

Rio Ferdinand picks Premier League's top five African players after Sadio Mane transfer
Rio Ferdinand

The 30-year-old has left Liverpool after six seasons with the Reds, scoring 120 goals across 269 appearances and winning six trophies as part of Jurgen Klopp ‘s famous front three. Mohamed Salah – a man who helped make up that trident – joined Mane on Ferdinand’s list.

In a tweet posted after the £35.1 million deal between Bayern and Liverpool was completed on Wednesday, the Manchester United legend named his top five African stars and gave out some honourable mentions. “I’m going…” Ferdinand teased. “In no particular order; [Didier] Drogba, Salah, Mane, Yaya Toure, [Michael] Essien.” The former England captain then added: “Raaaaaa this is hard yenoooo. [Riyad] Mahrez won some trophies. I loved Jay-Jay [Okocha] also… mad player.”

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Egyptian king Salah and Senegal star Mane have both reigned in recent years, as the Reds became one of the best teams on the planet under Klopp, but Drogba and Essien – who represented the Ivory Coast and Ghana respectively – were also instrumental in firing Chelsea to the top of world football.

Drogba netted 104 times in 259 games for the Blues, most memorably shining under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti during two trophy-laden spells at Stamford Bridge. A trusted teammate, Essien spent eight seasons in West London, acting as a midfield powerhouse under multiple managers and chipping in with 17 goals.

Similarly, Toure’s best years came as Manchester City rose to power following their big-money takeover. Since from Barcelona in 2010, the rangy playmaker could truly run a game of football with his skill and athleticism, helping the Citizens win three Premier League titles in his eight years at the Etihad Stadium.

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