Famous Black Football Players

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 1 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

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.

 2 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.

 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 George Weah

George Weah
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Famous As: President of Liberia (Since 2018)
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.

 6 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.

 7 Didier Drogba

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

Memphis Depay
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moordrecht, Netherlands

 9 Samuel Eto'o

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

 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 Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli
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Famous As: Football player
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.

 12 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

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.

 13 Ashley Cole

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

 14 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

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.

 15 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.

 16 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. 

 17 Ian Wright

Ian Wright
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Famous As: Footballer
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.

 18 David Alaba

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

 19 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.

 20 Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor
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Famous As: Football Striker
Birthdate: February 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lomé, Togo

 21 Jérôme Boateng

Jérôme Boateng
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Famous As: Footballer centre-back position
Birthdate: September 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 22 Marcel Desailly

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

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

 23 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.

 24 Sami Khedira

Sami Khedira
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Famous As: Former footballer central midfielder position
Birthdate: April 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

 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 Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti
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Famous As: Association football player
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. 

 27 Antonio Valencia

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

 28 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

 29 Patrice Evra

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

 30 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.

 31 Jay-Jay Okocha

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

 32 Michael Essien

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

 33 Andy Cole

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

 34 Benjamin Mendy

Benjamin Mendy
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Longjumeau

 35 Demba Ba

Demba Ba
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Famous As: Association football player
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. 

 36 Kelechi Iheanacho

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

 37 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.

 38 John Obi Mikel

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

 39 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

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.  

 40 Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma
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Famous As: Association football player
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.

 41 Emile Heskey

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

 42 Blaise Matuidi

Blaise Matuidi
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Famous As: Association football player
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.

 43 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

 44 Juan Cuadrado

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

 45 Abedi Pele

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

 46 Shaun Wright-Phillips

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

 47 Ansu Fati

Ansu Fati
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Famous As: Football forwarder position
Birthdate: October 31, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

 48 Eric Bailly

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

 49 Nwankwo Kanu

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

 50 Roger Milla

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