Famous Black Football Players

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 1 
Patrick Vieira
(Association football player, Association football manager)

Patrick Vieira
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Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dakar

Patrick Vieira is a football manager and former footballer. Vieira, who was an important member of the France national team, is currently serving as the manager of Crystal Palace Football Club which competes in the Premier League. Widely regarded as one of the best players of his time, Vieira helped his team win its first FIFA World Cup in 1998.

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Romelu Lukaku
(Football Player)

Romelu Lukaku
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Birthdate: May 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian football player, is known for his goal-scoring abilities. He plays in the forward position and can also play as a winger. He has scored more than 50 international goals while playing for the men’s national team of Belgium. Inter Milan, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Manchester United are some of the clubs he has played for.

 3 
Marcus Rashford
(Footballer)

Marcus Rashford
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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.

 4 
Sadio Mané
(Footballer)

Sadio Mané
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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.

 5 
Didier Drogba
(Football player)

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

 6 
George Weah
(25th President of Liberia)

George Weah
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Birthdate: October 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clara Town, Liberia
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.

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Virgil van Dijk
(Footballer centre-back)

Virgil van Dijk
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Birthdate: July 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands
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 8 
Samuel Eto'o
(Footballer)

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

 9 
Tammy Abraham
(Association football player)

Tammy Abraham
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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. 

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Ian Wright
(Footballer)

Ian Wright
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Birthdate: November 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Woolwich, London, England

Ian Wright is an English former football player. Renowned for his speed, Wright played for popular clubs like Arsenal and helped his national team qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After retiring from the sport, Wright went on to become a TV and radio personality; he currently contributes as a commentator for ITV Sport and BBC Sport.

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Daniel Sturridge
(Football Player)

Daniel Sturridge
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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.

 12 
Marcelo Vieira
(Football - Left-back for Brazil)

Marcelo Vieira
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Birthdate: May 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian footballer Marcelo Vieira, who now captains the Spanish club Real Madrid, is known as one of the world’s best left-backs. The Rio-born football star has previously had a successful stint with the Brazilian club Fluminense. He also won Brazil a team bronze and a team silver at the Olympics.

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Dele Alli
(Footballer)

Dele Alli
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Birthdate: April 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milton Keynes, England
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.

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Lilian Thuram
(Football player)

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

French former footballer Lilian Thuram, who is now a renowned author, with books on racism such as White Thinking to his credit. His 142 appearances for the French national team made him the most capped player of his country, while he was part of the 1998 FIFA World Cup-winning squad.

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David Alaba
(Football player as defensive midfielder)

David Alaba
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Birthdate: June 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 16 
Georginio Wijnaldum
(Footballer midfielder)

Georginio Wijnaldum
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Birthdate: November 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Ashley Cole
(Association football player)

Ashley Cole
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Birthdate: December 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stepney

 18 
Marcel Desailly
(Former Footballer centre-back and defensive midfielder)

Marcel Desailly
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Birthdate: September 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

Born in Ghana, Marcel Desailly first gained attention after moving to the Olympique de Marseille and winning the UEFA Champions League. He then gained fame with AC Milan and Chelsea, and was part of the 1998 World Cup-winning French squad. A BBC Sport pundit post-retirement, he also represents UNICEF

 19 
Mario Balotelli
(Football player)

Mario Balotelli
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Birthdate: August 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
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.

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Vincent Kompany
(Footballer centre-back)

Vincent Kompany
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Birthdate: April 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Uccle, Belgium

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Jérôme Boateng
(Footballer centre-back position)

Jérôme Boateng
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Birthdate: September 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Ansu Fati
(Football forwarder position)

Ansu Fati
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Birthdate: October 31, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

 23 
Dwight Yorke
(Football Player)

Dwight Yorke
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Birthdate: November 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago
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.

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Odion Ighalo
(Footballer strike)

Odion Ighalo
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Birthdate: June 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

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Samuel Umtiti
(Association football player)

Samuel Umtiti
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Birthdate: November 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yaoundé

Samuel Umtiti is a French football player who currently plays for the France national team and Barcelona. Over the years, Umtiti has helped Barcelona win two La Liga titles and three Copa del Rey. He was part of the 2018 team that won the World Cup; Umtiti scored the only goal to help France beat Belgium in the semi-final match. 

 26 
Antonio Valencia
(Football player)

Antonio Valencia
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Birthdate: August 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nueva Loja, Ecuador

 27 
Victor Moses
(Footballer)

Victor Moses
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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.

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Sami Khedira
(Former footballer central midfielder position)

Sami Khedira
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Birthdate: April 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

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Michael Irvin
(Sports commentator, former American football wide receiver)

Michael Irvin
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Birthdate: March 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

 30 
Jay-Jay Okocha
(Footballer)

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

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Michael Essien
(Footballer)

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

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Benjamin Mendy
(Association football player)

Benjamin Mendy
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Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Longjumeau

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Patrice Evra
(Footballer - Left-back for France)

Patrice Evra
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Birthdate: May 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 34 
Chris Smalling
(Footballer centre-back)

Chris Smalling
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Birthdate: November 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenwich, England, United Kingdom

 35 
Tim Howard
(Football player)

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

 36 
Andy Cole
(Football player)

Andy Cole
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Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nottingham, England

 37 
Kelechi Iheanacho
(Nigerian footballer)

Kelechi Iheanacho
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Birthdate: October 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Imo, Nigeria

 38 
Freddy Adu
(Fotball player)

Freddy Adu
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Birthdate: June 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tema, Ghana

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.

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John Obi Mikel
(Nigerian footballer)

John Obi Mikel
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Birthdate: April 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jos, Nigeria

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Moussa Sissoko
(Association football player)

Moussa Sissoko
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Birthdate: August 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France

Moussa Sissoko is a French professional footballer. He plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Watford and the France national team. He is known for his ability to play as a box-to-box midfielder in the center of the pitch. He initially played for local clubs and made his professional debut in the 2007–08 season.  

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Juan Cuadrado
(Football player)

Juan Cuadrado
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Birthdate: May 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Necoclí, Colombia

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Abedi Pele
(Footballer)

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

 43 
Emile Heskey
(Footballer)

Emile Heskey
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Birthdate: January 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leicester, United Kingdom

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Blaise Matuidi
(Association football player)

Blaise Matuidi
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Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toulouse

Blaise Matuidi is a French football player who has represented the France national team in prominent tournaments like FIFA World Cups and UEFA European Football Championships. He also played a major role in helping his team win the 2018 World Cup. Referred to as a strong and fierce tackler, Blaise Matuidi is renowned for his energy and physical strength.

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Demba Ba
(Association football player)

Demba Ba
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Birthdate: May 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sèvres

Demba Ba is a former professional footballer who played as a striker in several teams, including Chelsea, West Ham United, and Newcastle United. He started playing football as a child and made his first-team debut with the team Rouen in 2005. He has been associated with many clubs since turning professional. He has also played for the Senegal national team. 

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Ryan Babel
(Footballer striker or left winger)

Ryan Babel
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Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Ed Reed
(Football player)

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

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Roger Milla
(Footballer)

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

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Kurt Zouma
(Association football player)

Kurt Zouma
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Birthdate: October 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lyon

Kurt Zouma is a French football player who currently plays for the France national team as well as the West Ham United of Premier League. Zouma, who made his professional debut at the age of 16, was named in the ten most promising young players list by The Observer. Kurt Zouma has won prestigious titles, including two Premier League titles.

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Joshua King
(Football forwarder)

Joshua King
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Birthdate: January 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Norwegian footballer Joshua King is best known as a forward for Watford. A child prodigy, he began his youth career with Romsås IL at age 6. He has also represented teams such as Manchester United and the Blackburn Rovers. He won the prestigious Gullballen award in 2017.