Four players from Africa, who deserve FIFA Icon Card


New FIFA is already in stores, but it feels like something’s missing. There are so many players in the history of African football who are worth an Icon card but still haven’t got one. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Yaya Toure

The dimensional centre-back Yaya Touré has become one of the symbols of twentieth-century African football. Touré had his most tremendous success at Barcelona, where he became part of Guardiola’s Dream Team. At Manchester City, he went all the way to becoming a European football powerhouse. His former team is one of the leading contenders for the Premier League title this year. To bet on this result, it’s better to check reviews like this and choose trusted betting operators analyzing them.

Ironically, the arrival of the same Guardiola at Manchester City heralded the departure of Yaya Toure from the club. 2018 was uneventful for Toure: the Ivorian returned to Olympiacos, but a few months later, it became clear that the Greeks could not meet the star player’s salary. In the spring, Dimitry Seluk, Yaya Touré’s agent, announced the end of his client’s career, but Touré himself denied his agent’s words a few days later. In early July of 2019, he signed for the Chinese side Qingdao Hainiu. Now Touré works as an assistant coach at Akhmat F.C.

Frédéric Kanouté

The Mali striker enjoyed a successful 2007 campaign for Sevilla alongside Dani Alves, Adriano, and Luis Fabiano. The side has won the Uefa Cup twice in a row (2006 and 2007), and Kanouté surpassed Essien and Drogba as Africa’s top-ranked player those years.

Bruce Grobbelaar

Six FA titles, three FA and English League Cups, four Super Cups in almost 14 years with the Reds. Grobbelaar was one of those who took the last title of champion in the first division. 

He left Liverpool in 1994 and was replaced by the same weirdo, young goalkeeper David James. But he was already weird in goal. Grobbelaar wandered around English clubs and finished in 1997 but later occasionally played for various teams from the lower divisions.

Among all Liverpool goalkeepers, fans gave him second place after Ray Clemens.

Roger Milla

Milla is a legend of world soccer, author of many unique achievements. The striker is a two-time winner of the African Golden Ball. And although this fact is not so remarkable, the fact that 14 years passed between the awards is a striking case. The first title was awarded to the striker in 1976 when he was 24 years old. The second is in 1990, at the age of 38, when most players are already hanging up their boots on the nail. That’s when the striker became a star thanks to his performance at the World Cup in Italy. The Cameroon team was the tournament’s opening and reached the quarterfinals: the first of the African teams.

It is worth mentioning that initially, Milla had no plans to play for the national team and even announced his retirement from it. Still, on the eve of the tournament, he received a call from none other than the president of Cameroon and asked to help the team. Milla could not refuse the head of state and became one of the most brilliant championship players, scoring four goals and remembering the audience with his famous dance with the corner flag.

But that’s not all. Four years later, at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Milla was in the lineup and went down in history as the oldest goalscorer at World Cups: 42 years, one month, and nine days. He scored the record goal in the match against Russia, which beat the Africans 6-1.