Earlier this month, the nominees for the Confederation of African Football Player of the Year award were whittled down from a shortlist of 37 to a solitary 10-strong batch.

No doubt the winner will be someone that has performed exceptionally for his club and his country too.


What we really want to know, though, is who’s winning at social media? Which player has the kind of Instagram account that makes them stand out from the sea of boring athletes kicking a ball about. This list looks at the exceptional African footballers whom you should be following on Instagram.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Seokho Hwang (C) of Korea Republic is challenged by Pierre Aubameyang (R) of Gabon during the Men’s Football first round Group B Match between Korea Republic and Gabon on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The French-born Gabon star has been tearing up the pitches in the Bundesliga this year. He’s definitely a hit on Instagram due to his sense of humour and odd obsession with Batman. To be fair, we haven’t seen Pierre and Batman in the same place so maybe they’re one and the same…


Gervinho of AS Roma © Getty Images

The Ivorian was ridiculed in London because of his inconsistent performances for Arsenal and a hairstyle that made Taribo West’s seem respectable. However, Gervinho has given a number of impressive performances in Rome and is well liked for his commitment to Roma and his endearing personality. The latter quality is evident in his Instagram account.

All Colosseo #Dayoff #Roma

A photo posted by Gervinho (@gervinhofficial) on

Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace and Danny Drinkwater of Leicester City compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace in 2015 © Getty Images

Anyone that saw Yannick’s performance against Spurs last year poured some liquor in memory of Tottenham’s defence.

The DR Congo star has transformed from a lower league, temperamental player to one of the stars of the Premier League in a short space of time. His Insta account may give the impression that Yannick treats the football pitch like a playground but he uses his account to teach those less informed about the real Africa.

Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Congolese people out there ❤️ #iaminlovewiththecongo ?? #team243 #drcongo #kinshasa #lumbumbashi

A photo posted by ???? Thank God Regardless ? (@yannickbolasie) on

Dieumerci Mbokani

Dieumerci Mbokani of Norwich City and Leon Britton of Swansea City compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Swansea City in 2015 © Getty Images

Mr Mbokani is another Congolese star with a growing reputation in the Premier League. One of Kinshasa’s finest, he’s made an immediate impact with Norwich but his selfie game gives the impression that he’s been on Insta grind since day one. Clearly Dieumerci is a lover of fashion and we may need to call someone about getting him a modelling contract as he channels his inner Cara Delevingne.

A photo posted by @dieumerci_mbokani on

Serge Aurier

Serge Aurier of PSG and Nacho Fernandez of Real Madrid chase the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid CF and Paris Saint-Germain in 2015 © Getty Images

The PSG right-back is another player who has a lot of style. You’re more likely to see him in a three-piece suit instead of a leather jacket with a chunky chain – his account is 100 per cent class.

Avec classe why not? ??????

A photo posted by Serge Aurier (@thecrazychild93) on

Christian Atsu

Swansea player Gylfi Sigurdsson challenges Christian Atsu during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Swansea City and Everton in 2014 © Getty Images

The Ghanaian winger moved to Premier League newbies, Bournemouth, this year for a loan spell hoping to elevate his international standing with some club success. He’s put his whole life on show on Insta, whether that means chilling by Bojo Beach or taking a regular train journey through a little-known English town.

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah of AS Roma competes for the ball with Mario Rui of Empoli FC during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Empoli FC in 2015 © Getty Images

Mo Salah must have some serious stamps on his passport having played for four clubs over little more than a year. Looking at his Insta account you wouldn’t think that this has caused him any concern. Whether he is recovering from an injury or posing with his boys, the one thing he always wears is a smile.

Another day recovering from my injury ??

A photo posted by Mohamed Salah (@mosalah22) on

So, there is seven Instagrams you have to follow: if we profiled all the stellar footie Insta accounts we’d be here all day. Until next time.