Famous Black Football Players

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 1 George Weah

George Weah.
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Famous As: 25th President of Liberia
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Monrovia
George Weah, who has been the president of Liberia since 2018, was once a star footballer. The striker was named the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year, and played for clubs such as A.C. Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. Following his retirement, he established the Congress for Democratic Change.

 2 Clarence Seedorf

Clarence Seedorf.
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: April 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paramaribo, Suriname

Clarence Seedorf is a Dutch former football player. Widely considered one of the best midfielders of his era, Seedorf was included in Pelé's FIFA 100 list in 2004. Having won several continental and domestic titles for clubs in the Netherlands, Brazil, Italy, and Spain, Clarence Seedorf is one of the most celebrated and decorated Dutch players of all time.

 3 Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira.
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dakar

 4 Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bondy

Regarded as one of the best footballers of the current generation, Kylian Mbappé became only the second teenager to score a goal in the final game of a World Cup. Known for his explosive speed and dribbling skills, Mbappé made an impact at a young age. Very mature for his age, he also believes in giving back to society.

 5 Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne

Paul Pogba is a prominent football player for the English club Manchester United; in 2016 he was transferred from Juventus to Manchester United for a then-world record transfer fee of £89.3 million, which remains the highest paid fee by any English club. Also an important member of the France national team, he helped France win the 2018 World Cup.

 6 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laval

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a footballer who plays as a forward and is the captain of the Gabon national team. He is known for his pace and finishing and is said to be one of the best strikers in the world. He plays for the English club team, Arsenal. He has played for other clubs as well like AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

 7 Sadio Mané

Sadio Mané.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sédhiou

Sadio Mané is one of the greatest Senegalese football players of all time. He is Senegal's fifth all-time top goal-scorer and was named African Footballer of the Year in 2020. One of Liverpool's key players, Sadio serves as an inspiration to youngsters as he succeeded as a footballer in spite of his father forbidding him from playing as a child.

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 8 Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

 9 Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, England

Marcus Rashford is a prominent football player for the Manchester United Football Club and England national team. He became the youngest British footballer to score in his debut match for England. He uses his popularity to fight against issues like child food poverty and homelessness in the United Kingdom. He is often praised for his political activism.

 10 Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham

Daniel Sturridge is an English football player. During the 2007–08 season, Sturridge made his first-team debut and became the first player in the history to score goals in the Premier League, FA Cup, and FA Youth Cup in the same season. Apart from playing for popular clubs like Chelsea, Sturridge has also represented his national team in prominent tournaments.

 11 Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Douala, Cameroon

 12 Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stepney

 13 Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: July 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

German footballer Serge Gnabry was scouted by VfB at age 12. Though he also excelled in track and field, too, he later chose football. At the 2016 Olympics, he helped Germany win the silver and was also the joint top-scorer. He is part of the philanthropic initiative Common Goal.

 14 Dele Alli

Dele Alli.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milton Keynes
Midfielder Dele Alli began training as part of the Milton Keynes Dons youth system at age 11. He became a professional with the Dons and then played for the Tottenham Hotspur. The two-time PFA Young Player of the Year awardee led England to the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.

 15 Marcelo Vieira

Marcelo Vieira
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 16 Marcel Desailly

Marcel Desailly
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accra

 17 David Alaba

David Alaba
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 18 Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camberwell, England

Tammy Abraham is an English footballer. He currently plays as a striker for Serie A club Roma and the England national team. He is an academy graduate of Chelsea and made his first-team debut for the club in 2016. Since then, he has played for Bristol City and Aston Villa, scoring 25 goals in a single campaign for the team. 

 19 Jérôme Boateng

Jérôme Boateng
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin

 20 Lilian Thuram

Lilian Thuram
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, France

 21 Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palermo
The talented but crazy Italian striker Mario Balotelli is one of the most intriguing and exciting footballers around. Love him or hate him, TIME Magazine in 2013 called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

 22 Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor
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Famous As: Togolese footballer
Birthdate: February 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lomé

 23 Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin
German-born Ghanaian footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng, nicknamed “Prince,” plays for Serie B club Monza, as a midfielder and forward. He has earlier won the La Liga with Barcelona and the Serie A with Milan. While he played for the Bundesliga club Schalke 04, he also represented Ghana in two World Cups.

 24 Dwight Yorke

Dwight Yorke.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: November 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canaan
Trinidadian former footballer Dwight Yorke, or the Smiling Assassin, is known for his stint with clubs such as Aston Villa and Manchester United. He also served as the assistant manager of the Trinidadian national team. He helped his country reach the FIFA World Cup for the first time.

 25 Victor Moses

Victor Moses.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kaduna

After losing his parents in communal clashes in Nigeria, Victor Moses found home with a foster family in the U.K. Over the years, he has played for top-notch clubs such as Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup titles. He represented Nigeria in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

 26 Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo
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Famous As: Nigerian footballer
Birthdate: June 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lagos

 27 Leroy Sané

Leroy Sané.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Essen, Germany

Leroy Sané is a German professional football player who played a prominent role in helping Manchester City win the EFL Cup and the Premier League for which he was named PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2017–18 season. Also an important member of the German national team, Sané can also represent France as he also holds French citizenship.

 28 Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nueva Loja, Ecuador

 29 Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yaoundé

 30 Tim Howard

Tim Howard
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Brunswick Township, New Jersey, United States

 31 Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 32 Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu.
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Famous As: Soccer Player
Birthdate: June 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tema

Freddy Adu is an American soccer player who was touted as the next Pelé when he was 14 years old. However, he did not live up to the expectations and has since been a journeyman, playing for several teams in different countries. He currently plays for Österlen FF, a Swedish Division 1 club. He has also represented his national team.

 33 Jay-Jay Okocha

Jay-Jay Okocha
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria

 34 Andy Cole

Andy Cole
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nottingham, England

 35 Blaise Matuidi

Blaise Matuidi
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toulouse

 36 Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho
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Famous As: Nigerian footballer
Birthdate: October 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Imo State

 37 John Obi Mikel

John Obi Mikel
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Famous As: Nigerian footballer
Birthdate: April 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jos

 38 Ed Reed

Ed Reed
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Rose, Louisiana, United States

 39 Emile Heskey

Emile Heskey.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leicester, United Kingdom

 40 Michael Essien

Michael Essien
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Accra

 41 Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France

 42 Juan Cuadrado

Juan Cuadrado
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Necoclí, Colombia

 43 Demba Ba

Demba Ba
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sèvres

 44 Abedi Pele

Abedi Pele
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyebi, Ghana

 45 Roger Milla

Roger Milla
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yaoundé

 46 Shaun Wright-Phillips

Shaun Wright-Phillips
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greenwich

 47 Nwankwo Kanu

Nwankwo Kanu
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Owerri

 48 Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lyon

 49 Eusébio

Eusébio
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maputo
Died: January 5, 2014

 50 Eric Bailly

Eric Bailly
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire