Comparing Victor Boniface and Mohammed Kudus' Career Stats

Comparing Victor Boniface and Mohammed Kudus' Career Stats

Edwin Kiplagat
May 10, 2024 at 9:33 AM
  • Victor Boniface and Mohammed Kudus are both stars in Europe
  • The stats of the Ghanaian and Nigerian forwards are good at 23
  • Boniface has won the Bundesliga trophy with Bayer Leverkusen

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Victor Boniface and Mohammed Kudus are two of Africa's brightest football talents.

At 23 years old, they have established themselves in Europe's top leagues and have made vital contributions to their respective teams.

Boniface has led Bayer Leverkusen to the 2023/24 Bundesliga, while Kudus has settled well at West Ham United in the Premier League.

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Victor Boniface and Mohammed Kudus' career stats are almost similar. Photos by Jörg Schüler and Justin Setterfield.
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Kudus is arguably Ghana's best player, while Boniface might be considered Nigeria's second-best player behind Napoli's Victor Osimhen.

Both players are playing in their first seasons in a top 5 European league, and they've done well.

Boniface's first season at Leverkusen has been historic, and his numbers are phenomenal, too, despite missing several months due to injury.

Kudus left Ajax to join West Ham, and although his numbers aren't as good as those of Boniface, he had a decent first season in English football. So, how do their career stats compare? Sports Brief takes a look.

Kudus' football journey so far

The Ghanaian international moved to Europe in 2018 from the Right to Dream academy and has experienced a rapid rise to the top.

Before making his name at Ajax Amsterdam, the 23-year-old played for Danish side, Nordsjaelland, between 2018 and 2020 before his big move to the Netherlands.

Didi Dramani, his former coach, waxed lyrical about his talent.

“He has so many things. He can just take the ball from a midfielder and drive, avoiding so many tackles. He had the capacity to shoot, to pass, dribbling strength, tempo… When he runs into space, he’s very explosive. His posture is that of a big guy with bigger muscles. Even as a young boy, he was bullying his peers when he had the ball,” per The Athletic.

He scored 14 goals for the Danish sides in 57 appearances. He spent three seasons at Ajax and produced many eye-catching performances.

He made 87 appearances at the club and registered 27 goals and 12 assists. Kudus won two Eredivisie titles and a Dutch Cup with the 1995 Champions League winners.

In his first season at West Ham, he has 16 goals and six assists in 46 appearances. He has been one of the brightest spots for a West Ham side having a frustrating season. Only Jarrod Bowen has scored more than him at the club this campaign.

At 23, Kudus has registered 61 goals and 20 assists in 198 appearances in his club career. He also has 13 goals in a Black Stars jersey.

Boniface's career so far

The Nigerian is having an incredible campaign at Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.

He arrived at the club and quickly became a pivotal piece to a Bundesliga-winning team. Just like Kudus, Boniface moved to Europe as a teenager in 2019 from Lagos' Real Sapphire football academy.

The 23-year-old joined Norwegian side, Bodo/Glimt, but his development and growth encountered setbacks that would've demoralised other young players.

He tore his ligament shortly after joining Bodo/Glimt but bounced back, and before sealing a move to Club Brugge, he damaged his cruciate ligament that sidelined him for 12 months. Those injuries and the loss of his mother nearly destroyed him.

“I lost interest in football. I forgot about my diets; I began to eat everything. I started living a normal life and I just wanted to be happy. I started partying and drinking,” he said via The Athletic.

Boniface overcame those challenges and joined Belgian side, Union Saint-Gilloise (USG), in 2022. He spent one season at the club before joining Leverkusen.

He scored 23 goals for Bodo/Glimt in 66 appearances. At USG, he recorded 17 goals and 12 assists in 51 appearances. In the 2022/23 season, he ended up as the Europa League top scorer with six goals.

This season at Leverkusen, he has 19 goals and 10 assists in 31 appearances, which is a splendid return considering he spent four months on the sidelines with injury.

The injury saw him miss the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. He has represented Nigeria five times and scored once. Here's a summary of Kudus and Boniface club careers.




Mohammed Kudus




Victor Boniface




All stats courtesy of Transfermarkt.

Boniface reacts to Bundesliga win

Sports Brief previously reported on Boniface reacting to Leverkusen's Bundesliga title win. It is the first league trophy they have won in their history.

Xabi Alosno's side thrashed Werder Bremen 5-0 on April 14 to secure the title with five games to go, ending Bayern Munich's reign of dominance.

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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.