The African players with the most nominations for the Ballon d’Or


The Golden Ball is the most coveted individual trophy in the world of football. Find out which African players have had the most nominations.

Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon): 15th in 2004, 10th in 2005, 6th in 2006, 30th in 2007, 17th in 2008, 5th in 2009, 12th in 2010, 8th in 2011.

Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast): 17th in 2004, 14th in 2005, 8th in 2006, 4th in 2007, 21st in 2008, 9th in 2009, 9th in 2010, 8th in 2012.

Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast): 28th in 2009, 12th in 2012, 12th in 2013, 14th in 2014, 12th in 2015.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon): 11th in 2016, 21st in 2017 and 20th in 2019

Sadio Mane (Senegal): 23rd in 2017, 22nd in 2018 and 4th in 2019