Rio Ferdinand picks Chelsea hero as best ever African Premier League player

Rio Ferdinand has said Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is the best African player to have ever featured in the Premier League.

The question was asked on Saturday Morning Savage, the BT Sport show, by host Robbie Savage.

Guests Robbie Fowler and Dean Saunders both admitted Drogba was their choice, Chris Sutton selected ex-AC Milan star George Weah, who also spent eight months on loan at Chelsea back in 2000.

“What about George Weah,” Sutton said. “Two time African, two time World Player of the Year and he is President of Liberia, Drogba is not a president.”

There was also support for former Manchester City hero Yaya Toure, but it appeared the panel were unanimous in their decision to vote for Drogba.

Ferdinand then took to Twitter and wrote: ‘Tough call between Drogba & Yaya… both #EPL legends but I’m going for @didierdrogba! #SaturdaySav.

The Ivorian signed for Chelsea from Marseille in 2004 and enjoyed two spells with the club, his first spanning eight seasons, before returning for a year in 2014.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, Drogba won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League cups.

He also famously equalised in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, before netting the decisive spot-kick in a dramatic 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory.

As well as winning two Premier League Golden Boots, Drogba also became the first player to score in three League Cup finals and the first to score in three consecutive English domestic cup finals.

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