Egyptian Mohamed Salah equals Premier League goals record for Africa

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Didier Drogba and Mo Salah are Africa's highest scoring Premier League players (both 104 goals), and Sadio Mane (100).

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's forward, became the joint top-scoring African player in Premier League history on Saturday.

One goal against Watford was sufficient to match the record of Didier Drogba (Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend) who had 104 goals in two spells at the London club. He eventually left the club in 2015.

Salah, who has also been associated with European champions, is now one of the Premier League’s most prolific forwards after joining Liverpool in 2017 from Italians Roma.

Below Yakubu Aiyegbeni (ex-Nigeria international) rates each player's merits. He scored 95 Premier League goals.

He stated that if you are able to score goals in the Premier League there is no place in the world where you cannot score goals." He told BBC Sport Africa.

Didier Drogba - 104 goals

(Chelsea 2004-12 & 2014-15).

Didier Drogba was instrumental in helping Chelsea win every domestic trophy and twice won the Premier League golden boot.

Games Mins per goal Right foot Left foot Headers Penalties 254 169 58 23 23 4

Drogba's goals enabled Chelsea to end a 50 year wait for a league championship and re-establish themselves in England as one of the top clubs after Roman Abramovich took over.

In his first season, he won three league titles and then won a fourth after his return to Stamford Bridge.

Drogba is a legend in west London, having played an integral part in the winning of four FA Cups, three League Cups, and the Champions League in 2011.

Yakubu stated, "If you can't score goals in Chelsea then the league isn't for you."

"You've seen many top Chelsea strikers struggle to score. They're not bad players, but the Premier League is difficult."

Mohamed Salah - 104 goals

(Chelsea 2014-15 and Liverpool 2017-present).

In his first season at Liverpool, Mohamed Salah scored 32 league goals

Games Mins per goal Right foot Left foot Headers Penalties 166 129 13 85 6 14

Liverpool fans have dubbed Salah the "Egyptian King" and he scored 19 goals to help the Reds end their 30-year-old wait for a domestic title.

The 29-year old, who was twice named BBC and Caf African footballer-of-the-year, opened the scoring when Anfield beat Spurs to win 2018-19 Champions League.

Salah has scored 15 league goals in his four seasons on Merseyside. This consistency has helped him climb quickly up the African Premier League scoring charts.

In January 2014, he moved to England from Basel. He joined Chelsea from Chelsea and scored only twice in 13 league games. After that, he was loaned two times to Italy.

Yakubu stated, "He's so smart - his movement are unbelievable." He's not a striker so he can easily drop into the middle and wide areas. It's all about movement. He knows where to go and where to place himself.

"Players such as Salah are rare in modern football. They are a rare breed." Barcelona had Lionel Messi, Liverpool has Salah. They both make things happen for their clubs, they have that powerful effect.

Sadio Mane - 100 goals

(Southampton 2014-16 and Liverpool 2016-present).

Sadio Mane has scored 102 goals in all competitions of Liverpool

Games Mins per goal Right foot Left foot Headers Penalties 237 186 61 27 12 0

Senegal international Mane shined at Southampton for the first time, scoring 21 goals - including the fastest hat trick in Premier League history. This was in just two seasons as a Saints player in the top flight.

Mane's 2016 move to Liverpool has seen him work closely with Salah in bringing the European Super Cup, Premier League and European Super Cup trophies to Anfield.

Yakubu believes that the African Footballer of Year is a great player because of his speed and quick thinking.

He said, "Mane is fast." He is all about being in the right place and being smart. You can't play against him.

"He's also very sharp in front of the goal. When you least expect it, Mane can appear in the right spot. Salah and Mane both proved that African players are capable of delivering at top clubs.

"I am still one of the top strikers in Africa"

Yakubu is fifth on the all-time African goal scorers list in the Premier League, just after Emmanuel Adebayor, Togo's striker for Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, and Crystal Palace's 97.

Over a period of nine years, the Nigerian played for Blackburn Rovers, Everton, Middlesbrough and Everton. He believes that his record is good considering his club's relatively lower standings.

He said, "I'll always be one of the top strikers in Africa, regardless of whether those guys score more goals than 100." "Don't forget that they played for some the most important clubs in England.

It's a big deal to score 15, 17 goals in Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, Everton, Blackburn, and Blackburn. It's great to score 15 goals as an England striker.

Everton scored 25 of Yakubu’s 95 Premier League goals.

"It's an honor to score so many goals. I was injured and couldn't play for a year. If I had, I would have scored more than 100. There were many opportunities to do it but I decided to go to China.

Current players: Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City's Algerian international (67), is sixth on the list. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal's Gabonese forward (66), is seventh. But they still have a lot of work to do to challenge the top five.