The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Democratic Republic of the Congo

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This page contains a list of the greatest Congolese Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 36 of which were born in Democratic Republic of the Congo. This makes Democratic Republic of the Congo the birth place of the 61st most number of Soccer Players behind Finland and Angola.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Congolese Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Congolese Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Congolese Soccer Players.

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1. Claude Makélélé (1973 - )

With an HPI of 63.54, Claude Makélélé is the most famous Congolese Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 51 different languages on wikipedia.

Claude Makélélé Sinda (born 18 February 1973) is a French football manager and former professional player who played as a defensive midfielder. He is currently a youth coach and technical mentor at Chelsea, having formerly been the head coach of Belgian First Division A club Eupen.In his playing career, which ended at Paris Saint-Germain, Makélélé also played for Nantes, Marseille, Celta Vigo, Real Madrid and Chelsea. He won league titles in France, Spain and England, as well as the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League during his time with Real Madrid.Makélélé was a French international for 13 years, and was part of the France national team which reached the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He also represented his nation at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, two UEFA European Championships and the 1996 Summer Olympics. Regarded as one of the greatest players in his position, Makélélé has been credited with redefining the defensive midfield role in English football, especially during the 2004–05 FA Premier League season, where he played a key role in helping Chelsea win the title with 95 points. In homage, the defensive midfield position is sometimes colloquially known as the "Makelele Role".

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2. Ndaye Mulamba (1948 - 2019)

With an HPI of 58.34, Ndaye Mulamba is the 2nd most famous Congolese Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Pierre Ndaye Mulamba (4 November 1948 – 26 January 2019) was a football midfielder from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire. He was nicknamed "Mutumbula" ("assassin") and "Volvo".

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3. Steve Mandanda (1985 - )

With an HPI of 57.87, Steve Mandanda is the 3rd most famous Congolese Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 53 different languages.

Steve Mandanda Mpidi (French pronunciation: ​[stɛv mɑ̃dɑ̃da]; born 28 March 1985) is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille, where he is captain, and the France national team. Mandanda has spent most of his professional career with Marseille, making over 500 appearances across all competitions in two spells with the club, and was voted Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year five times. Since his debut in 2008, Mandanda has represented France at six international tournaments: four UEFA European Championships (2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020) and two FIFA World Cups (2010 and 2018), winning the latter tournament.

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4. José Bosingwa (1982 - )

With an HPI of 56.27, José Bosingwa is the 4th most famous Congolese Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 42 different languages.

José Bosingwa da Silva (born 24 August 1982) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a right back. An attacking fullback, his pace and ability to get up and down the flanks created problems for the opposition. He spent most of his professional career with Porto and Chelsea, winning 13 honours overall including the UEFA Champions League with both clubs: 2004 with the former and 2012 with the latter. A Portuguese international since 2007, Bosingwa represented the nation at Euro 2008 and the 2004 Summer Olympics, earning a total of 27 caps.

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5. Mbo Mpenza (1976 - )

With an HPI of 55.79, Mbo Mpenza is the 5th most famous Congolese Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Mbo Jérôme Mpenza (born 4 December 1976) is a Belgian former footballer and football coach, who played as a striker. He was capped by Belgium at international level, scoring three goals in 56 appearances. His younger brother, Émile, is also a former footballer who represented Belgium.

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6. Blaise Nkufo (1975 - )

With an HPI of 54.55, Blaise Nkufo is the 6th most famous Congolese Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Isetsima Blaise Nkufo (born 25 May 1975) is a Swiss former international footballer who played as a striker and current coach of Rino's Tigers in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League.He was born in Zaire and raised in Switzerland from the age of seven. Nkufo played professionally in Switzerland, Qatar, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, scoring 209 goals in 442 career league appearances. Nkufo was also a member of the Switzerland national team, having won 34 caps and scored seven goals. He played for them at the 2010 World Cup.

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7. Dieumerci Mbokani (1985 - )

With an HPI of 52.35, Dieumerci Mbokani is the 7th most famous Congolese Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Dieudonné "Dieumerci" Mbokani Bezua (born 22 November 1985) is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Kuwait Premier League side Kuwait SC. He has previously played for TP Mazembe, Anderlecht, VfL Wolfsburg, Monaco, Standard Liège, Norwich City, Hull City and Dynamo Kyiv.

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8. Kiki Musampa (1977 - )

With an HPI of 52.28, Kiki Musampa is the 8th most famous Congolese Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Kizito "Kiki" Musampa (born 20 July 1977) is a Congolese-born, and Dutch-nationalised former professional footballer. Musampa had a journeyman career, taking in notable spells at AFC Ajax, Bordeaux, Malaga CF, Atlético Madrid and Manchester City, he also earned 28 caps representing the Netherlands at under-20 and under-21 levels. He played as a left winger, well known for his pace and free-kicks.

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9. Christian Benteke (1990 - )

With an HPI of 51.91, Christian Benteke is the 9th most famous Congolese Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 43 different languages.

Christian Benteke Liolo (born 3 December 1990) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Crystal Palace and the Belgium national team. Benteke began his career at Standard Liège, playing a part in their 2008–09 Belgian First Division triumph. Following a season at Genk he was signed for £7 million by Aston Villa. He scored 49 goals in 101 matches for Villa across all competitions, including 19 Premier League goals in his debut season and helping them to the 2015 FA Cup Final, before transferring to Liverpool in 2015 for £32.5 million. He spent a single season at Liverpool, scoring a total of ten goals, before being transferred to Crystal Palace at the start of the 2016–17 season. Benteke has earned over forty caps for Belgium since making his debut in 2010. He missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup through injury, but was part of their team that reached the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2016, also featuring at Euro 2020.

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10. Anthony Vanden Borre (1987 - )

With an HPI of 51.15, Anthony Vanden Borre is the 10th most famous Congolese Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Anthony Henri Vanden Borre (born 24 October 1987) is a Belgian footballer who plays as a defender. Vanden Borre has previously played for clubs in Belgium, Italy, England and France. He won 28 caps for the Belgium national team. He is capable of playing as both a right back and a right winger.

Pantheon has 36 people classified as soccer players born between 1948 and 1997. Of these 36, 35 (97.22%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Claude Makélélé, Steve Mandanda, and José Bosingwa. The most famous deceased soccer players include Ndaye Mulamba. As of October 2020, 7 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Ndaye Mulamba, Ariza Makukula, and Jody Lukoki.

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