African Football: 7 Talented Players In the Saudi Pro League

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The Saudi Arabian Professional League has been throwing money at players in Europe to join. The influence of Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo on the league is immense. Since his arrival, several others have followed suit, including multiple African players. In this article, we tell you about African players in the Saudi Pro League.

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Edouard Mendy

After he arrived at Chelsea with much fanfare from Rennes, the Senegalese international enjoyed three good seasons with the Blues. 

He helped the team to win the Champions League in the 2020/21 season. 

He was also influential in his country’s win of the African Cup of Nations. After three years, Mendy signed for Saudi Pro League club Al Ahli.

Devis Epassy 

African Football: 7 Talented Players In the Saudi Pro League
Devis Epassy in training. Image Source: Instagram licensed under CC BY 2.0

After playing for a couple of clubs in France, French-born Cameroonian goalkeeper Devis Epassy signed for Saudi Pro League Club Abha in 2022. He’s featured in 22 games. He was part of the Cameroon team at the Qatar FIFA World Cup and played three games. 

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Kalidou Koulibaly

African Football: 7 Talented Players In the Saudi Pro League
Kalidou Koulibaly playing for Al-Hilalal in the Saudi Pro League. Image Source: Instagram licensed under CC BY 2.0

Just after one season playing for Chelsea from Italian club Napoli, Koulibaly left for the Saudi Pro League. He signed for Al-Hilalal for £20 million. At Chelsea, he played 32 games, and so far in his new club, Koulibaly has two games to his name. 

He’s a highly-rated center back, and several European clubs showed interest in signing him while he was still at Napoli. 

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Knowledge Musona

Zimbabwean footballer Knowledge Musona first joined the Saudi Pro League in 2021 from Belgian side Anderlecht. For two years, he represented Al Tai, played 53 games, and scored 41 goals. In 2023, Musona left for Al Riyadh

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Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo was at the center of one of Manchester United’s shock deadline-day transfer sagas. In 2020, Ole Gunner signed him on loan just before the transfer window closed, much to the amusement of many. 

Ighalo was playing in the Chinese Super League, which isn’t considered a match for the Premier League. He played 12 matches and left at the end of the season.

Since then, Ighalo has been playing in the Saudi Pro League for Al Hilal, Al Shabab, and currently, Al Wehda.

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Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez is one of the best African players in the Saudi Pro League. You can’t blame him for finding a new club. He won everything at Manchester City – the Premier League, Community Shield, FA Cup and Champions League. Mahrez signed for Al Ahli for £30 million and a guaranteed payment of about £26 million.

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Sadio Mane

African Football: 7 Talented Players In the Saudi Pro League
Sadio Mane playing for Al Nassr. Image Source: Instagram licensed under CC BY 2.0

After his successful time at English Premier League side Liverpool, the Senegalese joined Bavarian giants Bayern Munich in 2022. However, injuries held him back, and he didn’t have the kind of impact he was expected to have. 

After a poor season, Mane left for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League. The forward will play for the club until 2027 and is reportedly on a £650,000 per week

The Saudi Pro League has shaken the world of football. Its financial muscles allow it to pump as much money as it wants into acquiring the best talents. Do you think joining the league is a good move for players?

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