Parallel Universe: Ronaldo and Rudiger headline Phase II of 10 stars who could be playing at the AFCON

January 17th 2022, 12:07:38 pm

Revealing some of the biggest stars in world football could be playing in Cameroon this January.

Football stars that could be playing at the AFCON this January in Cameroon

We previously revealed some huge names in world football that could be playing at the AFCON in an alternate universe, but I wouldn't bet on those just initial names yet as African ancestry runs far deeper than you can imagine.

And even though however we might like to look at it and if wishes were horses, this January's AFCON in Cameroon should even be garnering more spotlight than it is doing at the moment, if and only if we lived in an alternate reality.

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Like the future, we can't predict if the next generation's football stars would decide on their ancestry over the background or as the case might be, but we can only remain hopeful that the biggest stars in the beautiful game keep emerging or are linked to the African continent.

Regardless, here's our part two list for the list of players likely to be balling in Cameroon this month.....expect one or two shockers so heads up:

1 Leroy Sané - Current National Team (Germany)

Parallel Universe Team - Senegal

Leroy Sane plays as a winger for Bundesliga Champions. Bayern Munich is one of the best young wingers in world football.

Leroy Aziz Sané is the son of former Senegalese footballer Souleymanne Sané and rhythmic gymnast as well as 1984 Summer Olympics bronze medalist Regina Weber in Essen, Germany.

Sané's father Souleymanne was raised in France but moved to Germany (while serving the French Army) and met his mother there as well while playing professional football for SG Wattenscheid.

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According to his father - Souleymanne, the only reason why his 26-year-old son didn't play for Senegal is that the Senegalese FA never showed interest in Leroy before he got a call-up to play for Germany as he's also eligible to play for France as well since he holds French citizenship.

2 Ferland Mendy - Current National Team (France)

Parallel Universe Team - Senegal

26-year-old Ferland Mendy plays as a fullback for Spanish giants Real Madrid CF and represents the French National Team.

Ferland Mendy was born to Senegalese parents in Meulan-en-Yvelines, France.

He is also the cousin to Chelsea Fc and Senegalese goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy.

After going through a rough childhood growing up, Mendy got a call up for the first time by Les Blues in 2018 and duly obliged.

Before then, he had never played football at the International level nor had he been linked to playing for Senegal.

3 Cristiano Ronaldo - Current National Team (Portugal)


Parallel Universe Team - Cape Verde

Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro is a 36-year-old striker who plays for English giants Manchester United and captains the Portuguese National Team.

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Widely regarded as the greatest player of his generation and the most prolific goal scorer in international football, his appearance on this list is probably the biggest shocker here.

Did you know that even though Ronaldo was born in Madeira to Portuguese parents, his paternal great-grandmother - Isabel da Piedade, was from the island of São Vicente in Cape Verde.

Humberto and Filomena are the children of Isabel and the grandparents of Ronaldo.

Dinis who was one of Humberto's six children married Maria Dolores (Ronaldo's mother) who eventually give birth to Ronaldo.

Hence, the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo that we all know today, without the shadow of a doubt, has African ancestry in his lineage.

4 Jerome Boateng - Current National Team (Germany)

Parallel Universe Team - Ghana

Jérôme Agyenim Boateng is a 33-year-old defender who plays for the French club Olympique Lyon and is widely regarded as one of the best central defenders of his generation.

The former Bayern Munich star is a Ghanaian-German born to a German mother - Martina Boateng and a Ghanian father.

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Boateng was born in Berlin, Germany is equally the half-younger brother of former Ghanaian international Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Boateng had been playing for the Germany U17 and U19 team since he started playing football professionally and that pretty much explains why he would eventually end up playing in the senior team of Die Mannschaft.

5 David Alaba - Current National Team (Austria)

Parallel Universe Team - Nigeria

David Olatokunbo Alaba is a 29-year-old defender who plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid and also captains the Austrian National Team as well.

Alaba's versatility makes him one of the best players on the planet as he's able to take on midfield roles as well as attacking and defensive roles as well.

Alaba was born in Vienna to a Filipino mom- Gina and a Nigerian father, George Alaba (who is a prince from Ogere, Ogun State).

It was unclear why he chose to play for Austria but had been balling with the U17 team and has constantly been called up to represent Austria for the majority of his career.

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6 Antonio Rüdiger - Current National Team (Germany)

Parallel Universe Team - Sierra Leone

Antonio Rüdiger is a 28-year-old defender that plays for English Premier League giants Chelsea Fc and represents the German National Team.

Rudiger was born in Berlin to parents, Matthias who is a German and Lily who is from Sierra Leone.

Although Rudiger's allegiance to the German team is primarily based on his background and his father's citizenship.

He has strong connections to the Sierra Leonean National Team has continued to back the Sierra Leoneans at African tournaments and has also called it "Home" while doing charitable works as well.

7 Ansu Fati - Current National Team (Spain)

Parallel Universe Team - Guinea Bissau

Anssumane "Ansu" Fati Vieira is a 19-year-old attacker who plays for Catalan giants Barcelona Fc in the Spanish La Liga and also plays for the Spain National Team.

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Ansu was born in Guinea-Bissau to Boji(father) and Lurdes (mother) Fati.

Fati moved to Seville at age six with his family and his father -Bori Fati is also a former Guinea Bissau international.

Fati was granted Spanish citizenship in 2019 after the Spanish government showed interest in him.

He was originally eligible to represent his birth country, Guinea-Bissau at the international level but ultimately renounced his Bissau-Guinean citizenship in 2019.

8 Nabil Fekir - Current National Team (France)

Parallel Universe Team - Algeria

Nabil Fekir is a 28 year old forward who plays for the Spanish La Liga team Real Betis and represents the France National team.

Fekir was born to Algerian parents in Lyon after his parents moved to France in 1992.

Nabil Fekir initially chose to play for the African nation over France before changing his mind.

Fekir had also declared France coach Didier Deschamps had convinced him to opt to represent the country of his birth at the international level.

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But Fekir, after informing the former Algerian coach - Christian Gourcuff of his desire to represent Les Fennecs changed his mind three hours later through a phone call, thereby choosing to represent Les Blues.

9 Ousmane Dembele - Current National Team (France)

Parallel Universe Team - Mauritania

Mansour Ousmane Dembélé is a 24-year-old winger who plays for Barcelona Fc and France National Team.

His parents, Ousmane(Snr) and Fatima moved to France from Mauritania to Mali in search of greener pastures. Dembele was born in Vernon, France.

It is currently not obvious why Dembele didn't play for Mauritania where his father is from but Dembele earned his first call up for the Les Blues in 2016.

10 Moise Kean - Current National Team (Italy)

Parallel Universe Team - Ivory Coast

Bioty Moise Kean is a 21-year-old striker who plays for Serie A giants, Juventus Fc and represents the Italy National tEAM.

Moise Kean was born to Isabelle and Biorou Kean in Vercelli, Italy and his parents are of Ivorian descent.

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However, Kean chose to represent Italy, where he was born and grew up.

Interestingly, Kean supported Inter Milan as a child and idolized former Nigerian and Inter Milan striker - Obafemi Martins, who was his favorite player.


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