Is this the way to Yamoussoukro?

Whilst it’s Cameroon and Ghana who have come the closest of any African nations to lifting the World Cup, Ivory Coast are arguably the continent’s most prolific producers of talent.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba – who dragged his teammates to an unlikely Champions League victory in 2012 – and Manchester City’s mercurial midfield maestro Yaya Toure, in particular, stand out as two of the most gifted players of their generation. Both of them spent their best years in England.

But the far reaching Ivorian impact on the Premier League is by no means confined to just two players. There have been a total of 25 footballers from the Ivory Coast to grace the English top flight, several of whom – Wilfried Zaha, quickly establishing himself as one of the league’s most feared wide men, being the most apposite example – continue to weave their magic on these shores.

In tribute, we’ve ranked every single Ivorian player in the PL – from worst to best.

Whilst Manchester City fans won’t be happy with our decision to plump for Drogba at number one, don’t forget: the Chelsea legend had a much more decisive impact than Toure when it really mattered. The striker has practically redefined what it means to be a big game player, and would probably make a list of the all-time top 10 PL players – regardless of nationality.

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