The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Kenya

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This page contains a list of the greatest Kenyan Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 5 of which were born in Kenya. This makes Kenya the birth place of the 110th most number of Soccer Players behind Réunion and El Salvador.

Top 5

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

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1. McDonald Mariga (1987 - )

With an HPI of 51.89, McDonald Mariga is the most famous Kenyan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages on wikipedia.

McDonald Mariga Wanyama (pronounced [məkˈdɒnʌld məˈriːɡɑ wɑˈɲɑːmɑ] (listen); born 4 April 1987) is a retired Kenyan footballer who played as a defensive midfielder for the Kenya national team. Mariga made history as the first Kenyan footballer to play in the UEFA Champions League, for Internazionale on 16 March 2010. In 2019 he joined politics to vie for Kibera parliamentary seat after the death of Ken Okoth.

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2. Victor Wanyama (1991 - )

With an HPI of 50.80, Victor Wanyama is the 2nd most famous Kenyan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 41 different languages.

Victor Mugubi Wanyama (Kenyan English: [wɑˈɲɑːmɑ] (listen); born 25 June 1991) is a Kenyan professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Major League Soccer club CF Montréal and captains the Kenyan national team.Wanyama became the first ever Kenyan player to score in the UEFA Champions League when he scored the first goal in Celtic's 2–1 win over Barcelona on 7 November 2012. On 11 July 2013, Wanyama moved to Premier League club Southampton for £12.5 million making him the most expensive player sold by a Scottish club, surpassing the £9.5 million Russian club Spartak Moscow paid for Aiden McGeady in 2010.He has earned 60 caps for the Kenyan national team since making his international debut in May 2007 at the age of 15.

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3. Michael Olunga (1994 - )

With an HPI of 45.98, Michael Olunga is the 3rd most famous Kenyan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Michael Olunga Ogada (born 26 March 1994) is a Kenyan professional footballer who plays as a forward for Qatari club Al-Duhail and the Kenya national team.

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4. Dennis Oliech (1985 - )

With an HPI of 45.48, Dennis Oliech is the 4th most famous Kenyan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Dennis Oguta Oliech fs(pronounced [ˈdɛnɪs oˈgutɑ olˈjetʃ] (listen); born 2 February 1985) is a Kenyan retired professional footballer who played as a striker .As a member of the Kenya national team, he became his nation's all-time record goalscorer with 34 goals before retiring from international football in 2016. In 2021 during a local interview with Felix Odiwuor, Oliech revealed that his mother would probably be alive if she had remained in Paris, France because she was under proper medical attention. He also appreciated the role played by his sister in her Mum's journey with cancer.

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5. Awer Mabil (1995 - )

With an HPI of 36.39, Awer Mabil is the 5th most famous Kenyan Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Awer Bul Mabil (born 15 September 1995) is an Australian professional footballer of South Sudanese descent who plays as a winger for FC Midtjylland and Australia national football team. Mabil played youth football at the South Australian National Training Centre and with Adelaide United. He made his senior debut for Campbelltown City, before making his debut in the A-League for Adelaide United in 2013.

Pantheon has 5 people classified as soccer players born between 1985 and 1995. Of these 5, 5 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include McDonald Mariga, Victor Wanyama, and Michael Olunga.

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