Friday Dec 25, 2020. 10:00
Africa currently has a countless number of top-class forwards in the game who are plundering goals all across the world. AfricanFootball.com takes a look at the top five African forwards in 2020.
5. Victor Osimhen – Nigeria
The Nigeria international took the French Ligue 1 by storm after joining Lille OSC from Belgian side Sporting Charleroi – scoring 13 times in league matches and he finished the 2019/20 season as the club’s top scorer with 18 goals across all competitions including two in the UEFA Champions League.
Known for his ability in the air and his accurate finishing ability, Osimhen then joined Italian giants SSC Napoli for a fee of €70 million, potentially rising to €80 million with add-ons, making him the most expensive African transfer to date, and he netted twice and provided one assist from six Serie A games before picking up an injury this term.
4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Gabon
The Gabon captain is widely considered to be one of the best forwards and finishers in world football and the 2019/20 season was his best campaign since he joined Arsenal as he led the team to the 2020 FA Cup triumph – scoring twice in the final and he finished the campaign with 29 goals from 44 competitive games.
Renowned for his pace, finishing, and off-ball movement, Aubameyang scored a goal in normal time and the fifth and winning penalty in a shoot-out win against Liverpool FC in the 2020 Community Shield, but the Gunners have endured a slow start to the 2020/21 Premier League season and will be looking to him to change the team’s fortunes.
3. Riyad Mahrez – Algeria
The Algeria captain remains one of the top wingers in the Premier League having netted 11 goals and provided nine assists in the 2019/20 campaign, and it was his best season since he joined Manchester City as he helped the team clinch the Carabao Cup – scoring once in the competition.
A quick, creative, and technically gifted player, who is capable of scoring goals, Mahrez has started the 2020/21 season well – scoring his first hat-trick for City in a 5-0 home win over Burnley in November 2020 and the Citizens will be hoping that he maintains his scoring form as they eye UEFA Champions League and Premier League glory.
2. Mohamed Salah – Egypt
The Egypt vice-captain is widely considered one of the best players in the world having played an instrumental role in helping Liverpool FC clinch the Premier League title during the 2019/20 campaign – netting 19 goals and registered 10 assists, while scoring four times in eight UEFA Champions League games.
Known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed, Salah who also won the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool, has been in sensational form in this season – scoring 19 goals in 16 competitive games in the Champions League and Premier League and he could be key to Liverpool winning the two competitions.
1. Sadio Mane – Senegal
The Senegal international is regarded as one of the best players in the world and he was lauded as a key attacker during Liverpool FC’s successful 2020/21 season in which they clinched the Premier League title, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup – scoring 22 goals in 45 matches games.
A versatile forward and prolific goalscorer, whose main traits are his finishing and speed, Mane finished fourth for the Best FIFA Men’s Player in 2020 and he is once again one of the Reds’ key players as they look to defend the Premier League title and mount a serious challenge for the UEFA Champions League trophy.