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South African Heroes: See the Top 10 Greatest South African Footballers of All Time

There is no sport like soccer; it is the most popular sport on the planet. It's all about the passion, the people, the stadium, the story, and the players. Simply said, it is unrivaled.

There are some persons whose accomplishments keep their names from being forgotten in the hearts and minds of football fans. We will not, under any circumstances, discuss some of South Africa's finest soccer players.

Best South African Footballers of All Time

1. Benni McCarthy

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It will be extremely difficult for this man's name to be forgotten. Benni McCarthy has demonstrated his ability to score goals in both club and country settings. In 480 club and international games, he scored 192 goals. Benni, who was born on November 12, 1977, is South Africa's top goal scorer with 31 goals.

He is the first South African to ever win a Champions League trophy. During his professional career, he has represented Seven Stars, Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, and Orlando Pirates. He was the manager of Cape Town from 2017 until 2019.

2. John Moshoeu

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Before the goal, his record as an attacking midfielder, born on December 18, 1965, was very impressive. Moshoeu scored 160 goals (club and country) in 628 appearances and was a member of the South African team that won the African Cup of Nations in 1996.

Giant Blackpool, Kaizer Chiefs, Gençlerbirligi, Kocaelispor, Fenerbahçe, Bursaspor, and AmaZulu were among the clubs for which he played. After his playing days, he became Alexandra's head coach in 2010.

3. Jomo Somo

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Jomo began his career with the Orlando Pirates and is now the owner and coach of the Jomo Cosmos. He retired from professional football in 1982 and has been coaching ever since. Though he was manager of Caretaker, he managed the South African squad three times.

During his football career, he played for the Orlando Pirates, New York Cosmos, Colorado Caribous, Atlanta Chiefs, and Blizzard in Toronto. Somo was ranked 49th among the Top 100 South Africans in 2004.

4. Lucas Radebe

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The Diepkloof Wolf Wanderers center back began his career there and went on to make 384 club and country games. Following his time with Diepkloof Wolf Wanderers, he transferred to Kaizer Chiefs Juniors before joining the senior team in 1989.

After spells with the Kaizer Chiefs, Radebe moved to Leeds United and eventually became captain. Radebe was a member of the South African side that won the African Nations Cup in 1996.

5. Mark Fish

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In 1996, Mark Fish was a member of the South African Cup-winning team. Arcadia Shepherds, which was founded on March 14, 1974, was the center's first stop.

He visited 448 clubs and nations in all. Mark Fish scored 23 goals in his career while playing for Jomo Cosmos, Orlando, Lazio, Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, and Ipswich Town.

6. Theophilus Doctor Khumalo

The midfielder, also known as the 16 valve, began his career with the Moroka Swallows before joining the Kaizer Chiefs junior system. In 1987, Khumalo joined the Kaizer Senior Team. He appeared in 494 games for his club and country, scoring 90 goals.

He is currently the technical director of Baroka. F.C. Khumalo was also a key player of the South African national side that won the African Nations Cup in 1996.

7. Steven Jerome Pienaar

Steven Pienaar represented his country at both the U-17 and senior levels. His youth career began at West Ham Westbury and ended at Ajax Cape Town.

Ajax Cape Town was his first club, and he went on to play for Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Sunderland, and Bidvest Wits. He attempted 423 shots and scored 44 goals.

8. Siyabonga Eugene Nomvethe

The future is the highest-scoring PSL target scorer of all time. He joined African Wanderers in 1977 and began his international career. Sabatha FC was where he began his youth career.

He went on to play for African Wanderers, Kaizer Chiefs, Udinese, Salemitana, and Empoli before finishing his career with AmaZulu, where he scored 28 goals in 70 games.

9. Shaun Bartlett

Shaun Bartlett is the current Assistant Manager of Kaizer Chiefs and is well-known for his stint at Charlton Athletic. He played in three African Cup of Nations for South Africa (1996, 2000, and 2002), scoring five goals in the 2000 tournament.



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