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EPL Stars With African Heritage

Premier League Stars With African Heritage

By David Kappel - Sep 10, 2017 07:14 PM @kappilinho

With the transfer window now being closed, a few more stars with African heritage, who snubbed playing for African countries, have joined Premier League clubs in England - including this window's most expensive buy by an English side.

Click through the gallery to see some of the EPL stars with African roots, who were lost by African countries.

Manchester United superstar, who is still the most expensive Premier League player, is the perfect example for a group of stars who were lost by African countries.

The 24-year-old was born in France to Guinean parents and while his two older brothers Florentin and Mathias are both representing the birth-country of their parents, Paul has played for France from youth level.

His new teammate Romelu Lukaku was the most expensive transfer on an English club after joining the Red Devils for €84.7 million (R1.3 billion). The striker was born in Belgium to Congolese parents and while his father, Roger, who was also a professional footballer, represented Zaire (now Democratic Replublic Congo), the United striker decided to don the Belgium shirt. 

Manchester City’s new left-back Benjamin Mendy, who joined the club for €57.5 million (R887 million), is another player with African roots. The 23-year-old was born in France but has Senegalese heritage. However, he decided to represent France and made his senior debut in March 2017.

Similar to Mendy, new Chelsea star Tiemoue Bakayoko made his France debut in March this year, snubbing the chance to play for Ivory Coast, the home country of his parents. The Blues’s second new signing with African heritage is Antonio Rudiger. The defender was born in Germany but would have been able to represent Sierra Leone, his mother’s homeland. However, he opted to play for Germany and recently won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Joachim Low’s team.

Swansea pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the transfer window by luring Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich to England’s top flight. The 2016 UEFA European Championship Young Player of the Tournament could have run out for Cape Verde, the birth country of his mother, but decided to play for Portugal, where he was born himself.

Read: Africans Who Switched Allegiances At Senior Level

Mamadou Sakho, who joined Crystal Palace from Liverpool, was born to Senegalese parents, but is another player with African heritage running out for France.

Note: The information in this article is based on research on Transfermarkt

Find more Premier League stars  with African origin in the gallery and let us know how you feel about Africa losing so many talented football stars?


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ziongate keeper Sep 17, 2017 07:22 AM
All black ppl hav. African heritage due to reason like wars,poverty,slavery trade our brothers ended up in other continents
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pnkgabane1 Sep 12, 2017 08:01 AM
Lesotho ,Botswana and Swaziland our own neighbourhood countries are not doing well because bo Bongani Khumalo have snubbed their birth countries guys come on be pround to represent you country
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pnkgabane1 Sep 12, 2017 07:27 AM
snubbin your African heritage? and be proud of doing so? guys you may be born at that European countries but you are not a full European came to your senses what messages are you sending to your children?
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Great players indeed
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laqwela Sep 11, 2017 07:47 AM
does this mean we hav never been that gifted in Mzantsi?
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Madredz Sep 11, 2017 04:55 AM
France national team is made up of African stars.
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