The African Footballer of the Year award, presented to the best African footballer each year, has been conferred by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since 1992. An earlier African Footballer of the Year Golden Ball award was given out between 1970 and 1994 by France Football magazine. The changes resulted in parallel Golden Ball awards given out to Abedi Pele and George Weah in 1993 and 1994 by the magazine although the CAF sponsored awards for those years were won respectively by Rashidi Yekini and Emmanuel Amuneke, as well as two awards given to Abedi Pele in 1992. France Football discontinued the election from 1995 after the European Ballon d'Or – also awarded by the magazine – had been opened to all players in the European leagues.
Samuel Eto'o and Yaya Touré are the players who have won the award the most times (4 wins each), Two-time winner Didier Drogba is the player with the most runner-up appearances (4), most third place finishes (3), and most times in the top three (9). The France born Frédéric Kanouté, Riyad Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the only European-born players to win the award (both Kanouté and Aubameyang initially featured for France's U21 squad before going on to represent Mali and Gabon, respectively).
France Football award (1970–1994)Edit
The award by France Football magazine was awarded to the best African footballer between 1970 and 1994. The award was discontinued in 1995 after the European Footballer of the Year (Ballon d'Or) was opened to players of non-European nationality, the award being given to George Weah that year. It had already been replaced by an official award given out by the Confederation of African Football since 1992.
CAF award (1992–present)Edit
* Players in bold are currently active
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Awards won by nationalityEdit
Awards won by clubEdit
- "African Player of the Year 1993". Rsssf.com. 5 January 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- "African Player of the Year 1994". Rsssf.com. 5 January 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- "African Player of the Year". rsssf.com. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- "African Player of the Year". rsssf.com. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
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