The Top 5 Best South African Footballers of All Time [ Benni McCarthy is #3]

3. Benni McCarthy

benni-macBenni McCarthy is the only South African player to have ever won the European Cup/Champions League. That fact alone surely earns him a place in this list.

Having enjoyed earlier success with Ajax, the forward was part of Jose Mourinho’s celebrated FC Porto side. He later transferred his prolific penalty-box form to England, where he scored goals for Blackburn Rovers.

Sadly, his career ended in flabby ignominy at West Ham United and then, to a lesser extent, at Orlando Pirates.

The great disaster for one of Africa’s most feared forwards was missing out on the World Cup on home soil in 2010.

Nonetheless, McCarthy did feature for Bafana Bafana at two Mundials and remains South Africa’s all-time top scorer.

He may never have won the African championship with South Africa, but he was named as the outstanding individual in the 1998 edition—claiming both the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball.


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