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Ranking the 5 Best South African Footballers of All Time

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South Africa has produced some of the finest footballers that have performed on the biggest soccer
platforms. If you are a punter on Betway Soccer betting, you are aware that South Africa’s local
league and the national team have many talents. However, some rose to the top in their careers.
This post looks at five of the best South African Footballers of all time.

5. Shaun Bartlett
Shaun Bartlett had an illustrious football career that saw him feature in the English Premier League
for Charlton Athletic. During his time at the EPL, he left his mark by scoring the Goal of the Season
in the EPL in 2000. He represented his country in the African Cup of Nations in 1996, 2000, and
2002.
He won the golden boot in the 2000 edition of AFCON with five goals. He also scored two great
goals for Bafana Bafana in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The current crop of punters on Betway sports
betting would have loved him for his game-changing capabilities. Bartlett was also named the 9th
African Footballer in 2000.

4. Lucas Radebe
Lucas Radebe will forever remain a South African football hero. He had a successful career that the
nation’s founding father, Nelson Mandela, called him his hero. He left Kaizer Chiefs in 1994 to join
Leeds United in the English Premier League. While at Leeds, he continued his development to
become one of EPL’s most talented defenders.
His career would have taken a turn for the best if his move to Manchester United materialized. Even
though he never won the EPL, he was Leed’s Player of the Year in 1998. He was also part of the
national squad that lifted the 1996 AFCON title.

3. Benni McCarthy
Benni McCarthy holds the record of being the only South African footballer to have lifted the
European Cup/ Champions League. This achievement alone earns him a spot among the legends.
Benni enjoyed a successful spell at Ajax before joining Porto, where he enjoyed great success under
Jose Mourinho.
He continued his goal-scoring prowess at the EPL after joining Blackburn Rovers. Unfortunately, his
career ended on a low first at West Ham United, then Orlando Pirates. His worst career moment
must have been when he missed a spot in the 2010 World Cup squad that his nation hosted.

2. Pule Ntsoelengoe
Pule is one of the greatest football talents South Africa has ever produced. His career lasted from
1971 to 1984. Since he played during the apartheid regime, his international record is limited to
only one match. He was part of the national team that thrashed Rhodesia 7-0 in 1977.
He began his career with Kaizer Chiefs, where he rose to be a cult hero. He later moved to the USA,
where he enjoyed successful spells in Minnesota, Toronto, and Denver. He was a magnificent
football player in his prime.

1. Doctor Khumalo
Doctor Khumalo was also part of the Nation Builders that won the AFCON in 1996 on home soil. He
was also the first Bafana Bafana player to score an international goal after independence. He scored
this historic goal when they were playing against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in 1992.
He established himself as one of the continent’s best midfielders during his career, earning 50 caps.
He never made it to the European Leagues where punters on Betway would have seen more of him.
He won many domestic championships at Kaizer Chiefs, where he played more than 400 games.
After hanging his boots, he has dedicated his time to raise upcoming talent as a coach.

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