When France meet Portugal in the 2016 European Championship final as many as 16 stars with African heritage, who snubbed playing for the African countries, will be involved. Click through the gallery to find out who they are!
It’s incredible to think that more than one third of the 46 players in both squads have connections to Africa, one way or the other, and could have featured for African countries instead of Portugal or France.
Ten of the Euro finalists with African descent are part of French’s squad that eliminated Germany in the semi-final, while six are featuring alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal’s squad.
Paul Pogba – France from Guinea
Renato Sanches – Portugal from Cape Varde
Bacary Sagna – France from Senegal
Nani – Portugal from Cape Varde
Blaise Matuidi – France from Angola
William Carvalho – Portugal from Angola
Ngolo Kante – France from Mali
Danielo – Portugal From Guinea
Samuel Mtiti – France from Cameroon
Eliseu – Portugal from Cape Verde
Patrice Evra – France from Senegal
Eder – Portugal from Guinea Bissau
Moussa Sisoko – France from Mali
Adil Rami – France from Morroco
Eliaquim Mangala – France from DR Congo
Steve Mandanda – France from DR Congo