In our inaugural FIRST ELVN article, we gave you the “Best We Never Had”; a list of African-born players who never represented the African national football teams they were eligible for. We spoke about the phenomenon of Africans migrating to foreign nations (and how it has translated itself to the world of football), and since many of the reasons for this age-old trend persist until this very day, we have just as many “African-born” players as ever, who are donning the football jerseys of other nations all over the world… which brings us to today’s list. We’ll be taking a look at the best African players, today, who are currently representing nations outside Africa. Shall we begin?
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Steve Mandanda (DR Congo):
The goalie from our first list (full disclosure; we haven’t found anyone else), he currently plays for Crystal Palace after moving from Olympique de Marseille, where he had quite a successful career. The Democratic Republic of Congo is his country of birth (as well as that of his parents), but he represents the French national team, for which he has had 24 caps.