African Footballer of the Year

The African Footballer of the Year award, presented to the best African footballer each year, has been conferred by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since 1992. An earlier African Footballer of the Year Golden Ball award was given out between 1970 and 1994 by France Football magazine. The changes resulted in parallel Golden Ball awards given out to Abedi Pele and George Weah in 1993[1] and 1994[2] by the magazine although the CAF sponsored awards for those years were won respectively by Rashidi Yekini and Emmanuel Amuneke, as well as two awards given to Abedi Pele in 1992.[3] France Football discontinued the election from 1995 after the European Ballon d'Or – also awarded by the magazine – had been opened to all players in the European leagues.[4]

Samuel Eto'o and Yaya Touré are the most players who won it (4 times), Frédéric Kanouté who named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year was born in France is the first European-born player to win the award (he plays for his father's native country of Mali).[5][6]


France Football award (1970–1994)

The award by France Football magazine was awarded to the best African footballer between 1970 and 1994. The award was discontinued in 1995 after the European Footballer of the Year (Ballon d'Or) was opened to players of non-European nationality, the award being given to George Weah that year. It had already been replaced by an official award given out by the Confederation of African Football since 1992.

Year Rank Player Team Points
1970 1st Salif Keïta Saint-Étienne 54
2nd Laurent Pokou ASEC Abidjan 28
Abo Greisha Ismaily
1971 1st Ibrahim Sunday Asante Kotoko 29
2nd Robert Mensah Asante Kotoko 15
3rd François Ndoumbé Canon Yaoundé 13
1972 1st Chérif Souleymane Hafia 21
2nd Bwanga Tshimen TP Mazembe 16
3rd Petit Sory Hafia 14
1973 1st Bwanga Tshimen TP Mazembe 49
2nd Kazadi Mwamba TP Mazembe 44
3rd Laurent Pokou ASEC Abidjan 41
1974 1st Paul Moukila CARA Brazzaville 57
2nd Lobilo Boba Vita Club 32
3rd Hassan Shehata Zamalek 28
1975 1st Ahmed Faras Mohammédia 28
2nd Roger Milla Tonnerre Yaoundé 24
Mamadou Aliou Kéïta Hafia
1976 1st Roger Milla Tonnerre Yaoundé 33
2nd Papa Camara Hafia 32
3rd Ali Bencheikh MC Alger 27
1977 1st Tarak Dhiab Espérance Tunis 45
2nd Papa Camara Hafia 33
3rd Segun Odegbami Shooting Stars 29
1978 1st Karim Abdul Razak Asante Kotoko 58
2nd Ali Bencheikh MC Alger 33
3rd Thomas N'Kono Canon Yaoundé 29
1979 1st Thomas N'Kono Canon Yaoundé 55
2nd Adolf Armah Hearts of Oak 23
3rd Kerfalla Bangoura Horoya 15
1980 1st Jean Manga-Onguéné Canon Yaoundé 64
2nd Segun Odegbami Shooting Stars 41
3rd Théophile Abega Canon Yaoundé 18
1981 1st Lakhdar Belloumi GC Mascara 78
2nd Thomas N'Kono Canon Yaoundé 54
3rd Ali Fergani JS Kabylie 26
1982 1st Thomas N'Kono Espanyol 83
2nd Salah Assad Mulhouse 54
3rd Lakhdar Belloumi GC Mascara 36
1983 1st Mahmoud El Khatib Al Ahly 98
2nd Opoku Nti Asante Kotoko 89
3rd Rafiou Moutairou OC Agaza 19
1984 1st Théophile Abega Toulouse 124
2nd Joseph-Antoine Bell Al Mokawloon Al Arab 65
Ibrahim Youssef Zamalek
1985 1st Mohamed Timoumi AS FAR 113
2nd Rabah Madjer Porto 45
3rd Ibrahim Youssef Zamalek 39
1986 1st Ezzaki Badou Mallorca 125
2nd Aziz Bouderbala Sion 88
3rd Roger Milla Montpellier 80
1987 1st Rabah Madjer Porto 130
2nd Youssouf Falikou Fofana Monaco 63
3rd François Omam-Biyik Laval 52
1988 1st Kalusha Bwalya Cercle Brugge 111
2nd Roger Milla Montpellier 68
3rd Youssouf Falikou Fofana Monaco 40
1989 1st George Weah Monaco 133
2nd Joseph-Antoine Bell Bordeaux 105
3rd Kalusha Bwalya PSV 49
1990 1st Roger Milla Saint-Pierroise 209
2nd Tahar Chérif El-Ouazzani Aydınspor 64
3rd Rabah Madjer Porto 60
François Omam-Biyik Rennes
1991 1st Abedi Pele Marseille 152
2nd George Weah Monaco 106
3rd François Omam-Biyik Cannes 52
1992 1st Abedi Pele Marseille 198
2nd George Weah Paris Saint-Germain 161
3rd Tony Yeboah Eintracht Frankfurt 64
1993 1st Abedi Pele Marseille 119
2nd Tony Yeboah Eintracht Frankfurt 117
3rd Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal 104
1994 1st George Weah Paris Saint-Germain 148
2nd Emmanuel Amunike Sporting CP 133
3rd Daniel Amokachi Everton 99

CAF award (1992–present)

Year Rank Player Team Points
1992 1st Abedi Pele Marseille
1993 1st Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal
1994 1st Emmanuel Amunike Sporting CP 48
2nd George Weah Paris Saint-Germain 44
Rashidi Yekini Olympiacos
1995 1st George Weah Milan
2nd Emmanuel Amunike Sporting CP
3rd Daniel Amokachi Everton
1996 1st Nwankwo Kanu Internazionale
2nd George Weah Milan
3rd Daniel Amokachi Beşiktaş
1997 1st Victor Ikpeba Monaco 56
2nd Japhet N'Doram Monaco 40
3rd Taribo West Internazionale 35
1998 1st Mustapha Hadji Deportivo La Coruña 76
2nd Jay-Jay Okocha Paris Saint-Germain 74
3rd Sunday Oliseh Ajax 58
1999 1st Nwankwo Kanu Arsenal 46
2nd Samuel Kuffour Bayern Munich 44
3rd Ibrahima Bakayoko Marseille 42
2000 1st Patrick M'Boma Parma 123
2nd Lauren Mallorca 36
3rd Samuel Eto'o Mallorca 29
2001 1st El Hadji Diouf Lens 93
2nd Samuel Kuffour Bayern Munich 66
3rd Samuel Eto'o Mallorca 34
2002 1st El Hadji Diouf Liverpool 93
2nd Papa Bouba Diop Lens 46
3rd Ahmed Hossam Mido Ajax 42
2003 1st Samuel Eto'o Mallorca
2nd Didier Drogba Marseille
3rd Jay-Jay Okocha Bolton Wanderers
2004 1st Samuel Eto'o Barcelona 116
2nd Didier Drogba Chelsea 90
3rd Jay-Jay Okocha Bolton Wanderers 68
2005 1st Samuel Eto'o Barcelona 108
2nd Didier Drogba Chelsea 106
3rd Michael Essien Chelsea 50
2006 1st Didier Drogba Chelsea 79
2nd Samuel Eto'o Barcelona 76
3rd Michael Essien Chelsea 36
2007 1st Frédéric Kanouté Sevilla
2nd Michael Essien Chelsea
3rd Didier Drogba Chelsea
2008 1st Emmanuel Adebayor Arsenal 74
2nd Mohamed Abou Trika Al Ahly 53
3rd Michael Essien Chelsea 36
2009 1st Didier Drogba Chelsea 92
2nd Samuel Eto'o Internazionale 69
3rd Michael Essien Chelsea 43
2010 1st Samuel Eto'o Internazionale
2nd Asamoah Gyan Sunderland
3rd Didier Drogba Chelsea
2011 1st Yaya Touré Manchester City
2nd Seydou Keita Barcelona
3rd André Ayew Marseille
2012 1st Yaya Touré Manchester City
2nd Didier Drogba Shanghai Shenhua
3rd Alex Song Barcelona
2013 1st Yaya Touré Manchester City 373
2nd John Obi Mikel Chelsea 265
3rd Didier Drogba Galatasaray 236
2014 1st Yaya Touré Manchester City 175
2nd Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund 120
3rd Vincent Enyeama Lille 105
2015 1st Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund 143
2nd Yaya Touré Manchester City 136
3rd André Ayew Swansea City 112
2016 1st Riyad Mahrez Leicester City 361
2nd Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund 313
3rd Sadio Mané Liverpool 186
2017 1st Mohamed Salah Liverpool 625
2nd Sadio Mané Liverpool 507
3rd Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund 311
2018 1st Mohamed Salah Liverpool 567
2nd Sadio Mané Liverpool 440
3rd Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 197

Multiple winners

* Players in bold are still active

Player Winner Runner-up Third place
Samuel Eto'o422
Yaya Touré410
George Weah340
Abedi Pele300
Didier Drogba243
Roger Milla221
Nwankwo Kanu200
El Hadji Diouf200
Mohamed Salah200

Awards won by nationality

Nation Winners Runners-up Third places
 Ivory Coast867
 DR Congo13

Awards won by club

Club Winners Runners-up Third places
Manchester City41
Asante Kotoko22
Canon Yaoundé213
Paris Saint-Germain13
Hafia Conacry122
TP Mazembe12
Borussia Dortmund12
Sporting CP12
Al Ahly110
Tonnerre Yaoundé11
Sporting CP11
GC Mascara11
Vitória de Setúbal11
Cercle Brugge1
CARA Brazzaville1
Leicester City1
FAR Rabat1
SCC Mohammédia1
JS Saint-Pierroise1
Deportivo La Coruña1
Espérance Sportive de Tunis1
Bayern Munich2
Zamalek SC21
MC Alger11
ASEC Mimosas11
Eintracht Frankfurt11
Shooting Stars11
Shanghai Shenhua1
Vita Club1
Al Mokawloon Al Arab1
FC Mulhouse1
Hearts of Oak1
FC Sion1
JS Kabylie2
Bolton Wanderers2
Ismaily SC1
AS Cannes1
Stade Lavallois1
Horoya AC1
PSV Eindhoven1
OC Agaza1
Swansea City1

See also


  1. "African Player of the Year 1993". 5 January 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  2. "African Player of the Year 1994". 5 January 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  3. "African Player of the Year". 1 January 2000. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  4. "African Player of the Year". 1 January 2000. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. Kanoute named Africa's best
  6. Furious Drogba Slams CAF Over Kanoute Award And Pulls Out
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