Which African football player has scored the most goals in the World Cup? Africa is no stranger to prolific strikers, and some of these outstanding talents have had the honour of representing their countries in this prestigious competition. But who stands out from the crowd as the top African scorer in World Cup history?
African Top Scorer In World Cup
From Ahmed Musa to Samuel Eto’o and beyond, meet the top five African players who have scored the most goals in World Cup history.
PAPA BOUBA DIOP (SENEGAL) – 3 goals
El Hadji Diop was an African soccer player who is renowned for being the top scorer in Senegal’s 2002 World Cup campaign.
He famously scored the opening goal of the tournament, helping Senegal to a stunning 1-0 victory over France, as well as two goals against Uruguay as Senegal made it to the quarter-finals in their inaugural appearance.
Tragically, he passed away in 2020 at the age of 42 after reportedly suffering from motor neuron disease.
SAMUEL ETO’O (CAMEROON) – 3 goals
Samuel Eto’o, the current president of the Cameroon Football Federation, is one of the highest-scoring African players in World Cup history.
Despite being the youngest player at France 1998 when aged 17, he only recorded 3 goals throughout his 8 appearances across four world cups.
These goals came against Saudi Arabia(2002), Denmark(2010) and Netherlands(2010).
While still impressive for a World Cup, for a man known for his record-holding 18 goals in the Africa Cup of Nations finals, this tally may come as a slight disappointment.
AHMED MUSA (NIGERIA) – 4 goals
Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa is one of the highest-scoring African players ever at a FIFA World Cup, having scored four goals in total across the 2014 and 2018 tournaments.
His two best scoring performances came against Argentina in Brazil and Iceland in Russia, where he netted a brace on each occasion.
Although Nigeria failed to qualify for Qatar 2022, Musa’s seven appearances and four goals will remain a reminder of his impressive World Cup legacy.
ROGER MILLA (CAMEROON) – 5 goals
Cameroonian football legend Roger Milla is one of the most successful African scorers in World Cup history.
He scored five goals at the 1990, 1994 and 1998 tournaments, the most ever by a player from Africa.
His best performance was at the 1990 tournament, where he scored two goals against Romania and another brace versus Colombia as Cameroon reached the quarterfinals.
Moreover, Milla also holds an impressive record of being the oldest-ever scorer at a World Cup after his strike against Russia in 1994 at the age of 42.
ASAMOAH GYAN (GHANA) – 6 goals
Ghanaian Asamoah Gyan is the leading African goalscorer in World Cup history. With a total of six goals and three assists across 11 appearances in three tournaments, he first drew attention at the 2006 World Cup with a goal against the Czech Republic.
Gyan’s shining moments came at the 2010 event in his homeland where his heroics led Ghana to their first-ever quarter-final berth, only to have them dashed by a missed penalty against Uruguay.
He made up for it with further goals against Germany and Portugal at the 2014 tournament, bringing his tally to its final count of six.
This article was updated 1 month ago