Of course, Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are players that will frequently be mentioned for the best player in the continent, but, lets not also forget that last time out at the AFCON, a Riyad Mahrez inspired Algeria won the tournament having defeated Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria and Senegal on the way to becoming champions.
There are a whole host of high profile Premier League players who will feature in this tournament, such as Leicester duo Wilfried Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho of Nigeria, whilst there is also Manchester United pair Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo who represent the Ivory Coast, alongside Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal will also likely be Gabon’s star man at the tournament.
A player who will be looking to make the most of this competition is Ajax forward Sebastien Haller. The former West Ham United man changed his international allegiances from French to Ivorian and is the current top scorer in the Champions League, having fired in 10 goals in six Group Stage matches.