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This season’s most surprising African players in the Champions League

You’ll be astonished to learn that even Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez, and Sadio Mane were unable to top the conversation.

  • Sebastien Haller

Haller returned to the Netherlands in 2021 after a disastrous period in England, joining Ajax for a club record fee of €22.5 million (£18.8 million). He won the Eredivisie and the KNVB Cup in his first six months.

Haller had an outstanding first season in the Champions League, scoring 11 goals in eight appearances.

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Only two players scored more than the Cote d’Ivoire forward, Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski, who became the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017 to score in all six group-stage games.

Haller scored four goals on his tournament debut against Sporting Lisbon, the first player to do so since Marco van Basten, and no player in the competition’s history has scored ten goals faster than Haller.

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  • Reinildo Mandava

For LOSC Lille, Reinildo, looked like an experienced and major operator during the group stage, as they finished first ahead of Red Bull Salzburg, Sevilla, and Wolfsburg.

Reinildo’s performances earned him a move to Atletico Madrid, where he will be able to showcase his talents at left-back for Diego Simeone’s side in the UCL next season.

  • Noussair Mazraoui

The Moroccan professional footballer who plaid as a right back for Ajax. He joined Bayern Munich on 1 July 2022

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Mazraoui, a veteran of Ajax’s Champions League semi-final run in 2019, had another strong season in Europe’s top club competition as the Dutch giants advanced to the Round of 16.

At the end of the season, Bayern Munich confirmed the signing of Morocco international Mazraoui, who has the potential to be a great hit in the Bundesliga.

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