TM database: Africa Cup of Nations available in full since 1957 – Eto’o top scorer

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Record player Song 

The Transfermarkt statistics have reached another milestone. All Africa Cup of Nations tournaments since the inaugural one in 1957 are now available in our database. The player with the most caps in the continental competition is Rigobert Song, who played a total of 36 matches for Cameroon. The former defender also set another record with appearances in eight different tournaments.

Meanwhile, The Indomitable Lions also boast the top scorer in the history of the competition in former forward Samuel Eto’o. The striker scored 18 goals in 29 matches in six tournaments, topping the rankings ahead of Laurent Pokou (14 goals for Ivory Coast). Ndaye Mulamba set a record in Egypt when he scored nine goals for Zaire (now DR Congo) in 1974 – the most by a player in a tournament.

AFCON: Egypt record titleholders – Cameroon want first success since 2017

The current title holders are Algeria, who were successful in 2019 – the second time in the history of the national team. In total, the tournament victories are spread between 15 nations, including Egypt, who are the record winners with seven titles. The Pharaohs are also among the favourites at this year’s event in Cameroon thanks to Mohamed Salah and his teammates.

From Drogba to Pépé – The most expensive African players in history

14 Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) – Fee: €38.5M

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Summer 2004: Olympique Marseille -> Chelsea

As of January 7, 2022

12 Cédric Bakambu (DR Congo) – Fee: €40M

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Winter 2018: Villarreal -> Beijing Sinobo Guoan

12 Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) – Fee: €40M

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Summer 2020: Ajax -> Chelsea

11 Sadio Mané (Senegal) – Fee: €41.2M

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Summer 2016: Southampton -> Liverpool

10 Mohamed Salah (Egypt) – Fee: €42M

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Summer 2017: AS Roma -> Liverpool

9 Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) – Fee: €43M

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Summer 2020: Real Madrid -> Inter

7 Sébastien Haller (Ivory Coast) – Fee: €50M

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Summer 2019: Eintracht Frankfurt -> West Ham

7 Thomas Partey (Ghana) – Fee: €50M

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Summer 2020: Atlético -> Arsenal

5 Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) – Fee: €60M

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Summer 2021: Inter Milan -> PSG

5 Naby Keïta (Guinea) – Fee: €60M

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Summer 2018: RB Leipzig -> Liverpool

4 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) – Fee: €63.7M

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Winter 2018: BVB -> Arsenal

3 Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) – Fee: €67.8M

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Summer 2018: Leicester -> Manchester City

2 Victor Osimhen (Nigeria) – Fee: €71.2M

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Summer 2020: LOSC Lille -> SSC Napoli

1 Nicolas Pépé (Ivory Coast) – Fee: €80M

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Summer 2019: LOSC Lille -> Arsenal

Hosts Cameroon, meanwhile, are hoping for their next tournament win after their 2017 triumph in Gabon. However, no nation had managed to win the title on home soil since 2006. Cameroon enter the tournament with the unofficial streak of not having lost on home soil since July 1992. The Indomitable Lions did lose to Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in October 1998, but because the Black Stars were named hosts for the 2000 tournament, the Cameroon match was subsequently annulled.

Eto’o, Drogba & Co.
The Africa Cup of Nations all-time top scorers
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Senegal currently boast the most valuable squad on the continent, with a total value of €343 million and players such as Sadio ManéKalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy. Originally, the Africa Cup of Nations, which is held every two years, was scheduled to take place in 2021, but the tournament had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So, this year, from January 9 to February 6, 24 nations will compete, including debutants The Gambia and the Comoros.

From €95M to €343M – The 10 most valuable nations at the 2021 AFCON

10 Guinea – Squad value: €94.7M

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Highest market value: Naby Keïta (€30M)

9 Ghana – Squad value: €127.9M

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Highest market value: Thomas Partey (€40M)

8 Kamerun – Squad value: €140M

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Highest market value: André Zambo Anguissa (€30M)

7 Mali – Squad value: €152.3M

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Highest market value: Yves Bissouma (€25M)

6 Ägypten – Squad value: €161.8M

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Highest market value: Mohamed Salah (€100M)

5 Algerien – Squad value: €187.3M

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Highest market value: Riyad Mahrez (€40M)

4 Marokko – Squad value: €219.2M

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Highest market value: Achraf Hakimi (€70M)

3 Nigeria – Squad value: €246M

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Highest market value: Wilfred Ndidi (€60M)

2 Elfenbeinküste – Squad value: €306.1M

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Highest market value: Franck Kessié (€48M)

1 Senegal – Squad value: €342.9M

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Highest market value: Sadio Mané (€80M)

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