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Ghana's UEFA Champions League winners

Ghana remains the African country with the most UEFA Champions League winners on the continent.

The West African country has five players who are Champions League winners.

The only countries that come close to Ghana are West African neighbours Nigeria and Ivory Coast as well as Cameroon – all having 3 UCL winners each.

Senegal has two winners, with the most recent being goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who won the 2020/2021 edition with Chelsea. But before him, Sadio Mane had won it with Liverpool in the 2018/2019 season.

With a total of 26 Africans having won the elite European club title, Samuel Eto’o is the only player who has won the most with 3 titles – 2 with Barcelona and another with Inter Milan. Seydou Keita of Mali has also won it twice.

The last time any Ghanaian won the UEFA Champions league winners was 9 years ago when Michael Essien lifted it with Chelsea.

Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech and Senegal’s Edouard Mendy are the latest players to have won the prestigious European title with new 2020-21 champions, Chelsea.

LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH MOST UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNERS

Ghana
Abedi Pelé – Olympique de Marseille, 1992-1993
Ibrahim Tanko – Borussia Dortmund, 1996-97
Samuel Kuffour – FC Bayern Munich 2000-2001
Sulley Ali Muntari – Inter Milan, 2009-2010
Michael Essien – Chelsea FC, 2011-2012

Nigeria – 3
John Obi Mikel – Chelsea FC, 2011-2012
Nwankwo Kanu – Ajax, 1994-1995
Finidi George – Ajax, 1994-1995

Ivory Coast – 3
Yaya Touré – FC Barcelona, 2008-2009
Didier Drogba – Chelsea FC, 2011-2012
Salomon Kalou – Chelsea FC, 2011-2012

Cameroon – 3
Geremi Njitap – Real Madrid, 1999-2000
Samuel Eto’o – FC Barcelona, 2005-2006, 2008-2009, Inter Milan, 2009-2010
Joel Matip – Liverpool FC, 2018 – 2019

Mali – 2
Djimi Traoré – Liverpool FC, 2004-2005
Seydou Keita – FC Barcelona, 2008-2009, 2010-2011

Morocco – 2
Achraf Hakimi – Real Madrid FC, 2017-2018
Hakim Ziyech – Chelsea FC, 2020 – 2021

Senegal – 2
Sadio Mane – Liverpool FC, 2018 – 2019
Edouard Mendy – Chelsea FC, 2020 – 2021

Countries with one UCL champion

Zimbabwe – Bruce Grobbelaar – Liverpool FC, 1983-1984
Algeria – Rabah Madjer – FC Porto, 1986-1987
South Africa – Benni McCarthy – FC Porto, 2003-2004
Kenya – McDonald Mariga – Inter Milan 2009 – 2010
Egypt – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool FC, 2018 – 2019

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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