Top 5 Goals Scored by Africans in Premier League History, From Tony Yeboah to Papiss Cisse

Top 5 Goals Scored by Africans in Premier League History, From Tony Yeboah to Papiss Cisse

Edwin Kiplagat
May 3, 2024 at 8:57 AM
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  • African footballers have scored some of the greatest Premier League goals
  • From volleys to superb solo goals, African football stars have done them all
  • Tony Yeboah, Didier Drogba, and Papiss Cisse are African stars with iconic goals

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African football stars have lit up the Premier League since its inception in the early 1990s.

Some have made lasting contributions to their clubs' success, while others have captivated the hearts and minds with spectacular goals.

Papiss Cisse, Sofiane Boufal, Tony Yeboah, Didier Drogba, and Mohamed Salah have etched their names in the Premier League's history books with incredible goals in the English top-flight.

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Papiss Cisse and Tony Yeboah's goals have stood the test of time. Photos by Ian Horrocks and Phil Cole.
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Drogba, Salah, Yaya Toure, and Sadio Mane are considered the best Africans to grace the Premier League. These players have won Premier League titles, Champions League crowns, and Puskas Awards.

They inspired thousands of African footballers, like Victor Osimhen, who accomplished big things.

There's nothing more spine-tingling than scoring a spectacular goal. Such goals always linger long in the minds of football fans in every corner of the globe. Here are some iconic goals scored by Africans in the Premier League.

Top 5 goals by Africans in Premier League

5. Cheick Tiote vs Arsenal (February 5, 2011)

The former Newcastle midfielder scored a stupendous volley in a breathtaking game against Arsenal. The late Ivory Coast midfielder scored one goal in the Premier League, and it was one to remember. The Gunners went 4-0 up in the first half after destroying the hosts.

The second half was a different story as The Magpies mounted a historic comeback to take a point. Tiote's incredible volley rescued a point for Newcastle in what remains a classic Premier League match.

4. Didier Drogba vs Liverpool (September 17, 2006)

The Ivory Coast legend was the first African to score 100 goals in the Premier League. In 2006, he scored an exquisite volley against Liverpool. The Blues legend chested a long ball from the right-hand side and swivelled before firing a half volley into the far corner.

The difficulty of the goal makes it into the top five of this list.

3. Sofiane Boufal vs West Brom (October 21, 2017)

The Moroccan is regarded as one of the 'streets won't forget' players. In 2018, he scored an iconic goal in a Southampton shirt, which later became the Goal of the Season (2017/18).

The winger took the ball in his own half, broke away from challenges, and left several players for dead, forcing two West Brom players to accidentally tackle each other before deftly slotting past Ben Foster in the bottom corner.

2. Tony Yeboah vs Liverpool (August 21, 1995)

Yeboah had a reputation for scoring spectacular goals in the 1990s in England. One of those strikes was a volley against Liverpool. The Ghanaian legend was backpedalling when his teammate headed a long ball his way.

He met the ball first time, unleashing an unstoppable shot past the goalkeeper. On another day, this goal would've been No. 1. Yeboah scored another screamer against Wimbledon a month later.

1. Papiss Cisse vs Chelsea (May 2, 2012)

For a brief moment in early 2012, former Senegal striker, Papiss Cisse, was one of the best players in the world. He scored 13 goals in 14 matches for Newcastle United in one of the most impressive runs. One of those goals was a sensational volley against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, per The Athletic.

The Senegalese pounced on a loose ball in the 93rd minute, with Newcastle leading 1-0. He wrapped the outside of his right foot around the ball to deliver an iconic strike. The 40,000 fans in the stadium were astounded. The difficulty of this strike makes it the best goal scored by an African in Premier League history.

Honourable mentions: Jordan Ayew, Mohamed Salah, Victor Wanyama, Nwankwo Kanu, Michael Essien, Jay-Jay Okocha, Yaya Toure, Sadio Mane

Best Africans in Premier League history

Sports Brief earlier reported on the top five greatest Africans to play in the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah recently eclipsed Drogba to become arguably the best African to play in the English top-flight.

Sadio Mane, Nwankwo Kanu, and Riyad Mahrez are other Africans who left their mark in the Premier League.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.