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This award was created in 1970 by France Football magazine and it ran up until 1995. However, in 1992 an official award was started by the African Football Confederation and this has been awarded every year since.

Year Player Country Team
2009 Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Chelsea
2008 Emmanuel Adebayor Togo Arsenal
2007 Freddie Kanoute Mali Sevilla
2006 Didier Drogba Ivory Coast Chelsea
2005 Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Barcelona
2004 Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Barcelona
2003 Samuel Eto'o Cameroon Real Mallorca
2002 El Hadji Diouf Senegal Liverpool
2001 El Hadji Diouf Senegal Rennes
2000 Patrick Mboma Cameroon Parma
1999 Nwankwo Kanu Nigeria Arsenal
1998 Mustapha Hadji Morocco Deportivo La Coruna
1997 Victor Ikpeba Nigeria Monaco
1996 Nwankwo Kanu Nigeria Inter Milan
1995 George Weah Liberia AC Milan
1994 George Weah Liberia Paris St Germain
1994 Emmanuel Amunike Nigeria Sporting Lisbon
1993 Abedi Pele Ghana Lyon
1992 Abedi Pele Ghana Marseille
1991 Abedi Pele Ghana Marseille
1990 Roger Milla Cameroon St Denis
1989 George Weah Liberia Monaco
1988 Kalusha Bwalya Zambia Cercle Bruges
1987 Rabah Madjer Algeria FC Porto
1986 Badou Ezaki Morocco Real Mallorca
1985 Mohamed Timoumi Morocco Royal Armed Forces
1984 Theophile Abega Cameroon Toulouse
1983 Mahmoud Al-Khatib Egypt Al Ahli
1982 Thomas Nkono Cameroon Espanyol
1981 Lakhdar Belloumi Algeria GCR Mascara
1980 Jean Manga Onguene Cameroon Canon Yaounde
1979 Thomas Nkono Cameroon Canon Yaounde
1978 Karim Abdoul Razak Ghana Asante Kotoko
1977 Tarak Dhiab Tunisia Esperance
1976 Roger Milla Cameroon Canon Yaounde
1975 Ahmed Faras Morocco Mohammedia
1974 Paul Moukila Congo CARA Brazzaville
1973 Tshimen Bwanga Zaire TP Mazembe Englebert
1972 Cherif Souleymane Guinea Hafia
1971 Ibrahim Sunday Ghana Asante Kotoko
1970 Salif Keita Mali St Etienne