- Ahmed Musa just like several highly talented African football players are currently free agents against the odds
- Some of these stars entertained fans with scintillating performances in the Premier League at some point
- Majority of them ended up going for loan moves and eventually fell off the map
Football can be quite unforgiving as one false move can lead to a serious decline in one’s career.
Several stories of football stars who were once on top of the world but somehow fell off the map and are currently playing in lower tiers of the game by their own standards.
One of the more sensational ones has been Alexandre Pato, the Brazilian ace who was once described as “the sensation of Brazilian football”.
Pato, who played for the likes of AC Milan, Chelsea and Villarreal, now finds himself club less despite being the ripe age of 31.
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His last stint was with Brazilian outfit Sao Paolo where he had a fairly underwhelming spell, scoring only five goals in 20 appearances.
There are several African superstars who find themselves in the same situtation as Pato and are currently struggling to find new clubs after their deals with their previous sides ran out.
It is kind to note that the list features some big names who on paper, are not expected to find it difficult to secure another team.
1. Wilfried Bony (Ivory coast)
The former Manchester City superstar, known for his power and pace, last played for Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.
He was once the most expensive African in history when he was snapped by Manchester City from Swansea after scoring 20 goals in the Premier League in 2014.
Having failed to establish a partnership with Sergio Aguero in attack, he was eventually sent to Stoke City and injuries played a huge factor in his decline from then.
2. Diafra Sakho (Senegal)
The Senegalese international was once West Ham United’s most prized possession in terms of being a goal threat but since leaving the Hammers in 2018, he has had fairly underwhelming stints with Rennes (France), Bursaspor (Turkey) and Neuchâtel Xamax FCS in Switzerland. He is currently unattached and looking for a new club.
3. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria)
His rise to stardom came during his spell with CSKA Moscow between 2012 and 2016 and the Nigerian international was eventually welcomed to the Premier League by Leicester City.
He however failed to impress in the highly competitive league especially with the emergence of Jamie Vardy and fellow Nigerian international Kelechi Ihenacho.
He eventually moved back to Moscow on loan before switching to Al Nassr where he made 50 appearances between 2018 and 2020.
4. Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana)
The former Juventus, Udinese and Inter Milan star is still struggling to find a new club after leaving the high profile Serie A.
This is despite his immense talent and ability as a left/central midfielder.
5. Wilfrid Kaptoum (Cameroon)
This is one of the sadder ones on the list as the Barcelona B graduate is still struggling to find a club despite only being 24.
He only made eight appearances for Almeria where he was playing on loan from Real Betis.
Betis purchased him after he failed to break through to the Barcelona first team
6. Oumar Niasse (Senegal)
The Senegal international is a free agent after being released in the summer. He last played for Cardiff City on loan from Everton.
One of the major signs of his career decline came when he was at Everton where he claimed Ronald Koeman, who is currently the new Barca boss, froze him out of the squad.
7. Seydou Doumbia (Ivory Coast)
Doumbia was one of the most prolific strikers in Russian side CSKA Moskow’s history but things weren’t the same again when he left for Roma only to go out on loan to several clubs over the years.
At only 32, he finds himself unattached and looking for a new club.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Liberian legend, George Uppong Weah, has emerged Africa’s greatest footballer of all-time in the latest compilation titled The Best African Footballers of All Time.
The former AC Milan striker retired in 2003 to venture into politics and he is the current president of his country Liberia.
Weah who scored 212 goals for club and country won the prestigious Ballon d’Or in 2005 beating German legend Jurgen Klinsmann and Finnish star Jari Litmanen.
Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o is second on the list having won several titles with Barcelona and Inter Milan during his playing days.
Eto’o was named the Africa Player of the Year for a record four times winning it in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010.
He is also AFCON’s all-time highest goalscorer with 18 goals beating Laurent Pokou (14) and Rashidi Yekini (13).
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba came in at third on the list.
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