PARIS- Four former international footballers are among the thirty best African players in history according to the magazine France Football and where the first place went to current Liberian President Georges Weah.
The four Algerian players are: Lakhdar Belloumi (22nd), Rachid Makhloufi (15th), Mustapha Dahleb (8th) and Rabah Madjer (6th).
Lakhdar Belloumi, a fabulous playmaker in the selection between the late 1980s and the late 1990s, was one of the great architects of Algeria’s great success during the various African Cup of Nations campaigns. . The selection had reached the first final of its history in 1980 (defeat against Nigeria 3-0), then three semi-finals in 1982, 1984 and 1988. He also won the African Ballon d’Or in 1981.
Makhloufi is the second Algerian to appear in the Top 30. A historical face of the beginnings of Algeria. Legend Makhloufi led the national team in the 1970s with a gold medal at the 1975 Mediterranean Games at home.
The former star of Paris SG Mustapha Dahleb occupies the 8th place with Malian Seydou Keita. Not really successful in terms of results with the Algerian selection, despite a fourth place at the CAN in 1982 and participation in the World Cup of the same year in Spain.
Rabah Madjer is ranked sixth in the Top 30. In France, the supporters of Racing Club of Paris remember his passage in the mid-1980s. He invented a gesture (a heel) that still bears his name 32 years later.
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