Billions of people across the globe tune in every four years to watch nations pit their finest against each other in a bid to obtain immortality.
The sheer scale of the World Cup means that it isn’t merely the winners which receive adulation from their nations adoring public. A country who, against all odds, reaches heights previously unthinkable can enrapture their native faithful and ensure they will be lauded forever.
The stakes are high, and the two years of matches just to qualify for the tournament means that any nation who reaches the finals more than deserve to be on the grandest stage of all.
The giants of Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain, France and Italy are accustomed to playing under a fierce spotlight, but some countries go above and beyond what is par for the course. They buck the trend and summon incredible spirit to take their unheralded nation onto the next level.
The continent of Africa has seen amazing progress in the last three decades. Their finest players ply their trade in the biggest leagues in the world, and they regularly play massive roles in the lifting of titles, cups and other glory.
African football is on the rise, but it had to start somewhere.
When did Africa start becoming a force in the World Cup and therefore putting their players in the shop window? Which players were responsible for making the continent a powerhouse of football? Here is a breakdown of the 30 greatest African players to feature at a World Cup.
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