Africans who lost the Champions League final.


2004 threw up an unlikely Champions League final, as AS Monaco faced FC Porto in a showpiece bout that would see Jose Mourinho crowned as the Special One.

Both sides had African interest, with Benni McCarthy coming off the bench for Porto, and Tony Sylva, Shabani Nonda and Adebayor all on the bench for the club of the Principality.

Ade didn’t get off the bench as Monaco were defeated 3-0 in a fairly one-sided contest, and that was as close as he came to winning the big one.

Despite representing some of Europe’s biggest clubs in Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Real Madrid, the Togo striker never conquered the continent, and was cup-tied for the Gunners’ final against Barcelona in 2006.

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