Chelsea legend Michael Essien has chosen a side made up of the 11 best African footballers to play this decade, including current Liverpool pair Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
The previous decade saw a number of significant milestones for African football, including the 2010 World Cup being hosted in South Africa and Ghana becoming just the third African nation to get all the way to the quarter-finals.
Ghanain star Essien played for Chelsea, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan during the decade, winning a Champions League and FA Cup, and was asked by BBC Sport to comprise an XI of the best African players from the last decade to play alongside.
The two Toure brothers, Kolo and Yaya, made the lineup, along with Essien’s longtime Blues team-mate Didier Drogba also part of the XI.
Alongside Drogba in a front three were Salah and legendary forward Samuel Eto’o, who turned out for eight clubs during the decade before retiring in September this year.
Essien, Yaya Toure and Mane made up a formidable midfield trio.
Yaya and Kolo Toure both made Essien’s team
Kolo Toure was joined by ex-Tottenham left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Napoli powerhouse Kalidou Koulibaly and Moroccan star Medhi Benatia.
During the decade, Benatia represented Udinese, Roma, Bayern Munich and Juventus, winning two Bundesliga and two Serie A titles.
Essien also named Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in between the sticks, with the 37-year-old spending the majority of the decade at French club Lille.
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