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Ligue 1 Uber Eats' appearance leaders by continent

Publish on 12/10/2021 at 11:00 - S. WILLIS

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Find out who are the ten foreign players with the most Ligue 1 Uber Eats matches for each continent in the 21st century.

Two Montpellier figures top the list of foreign players with the most matches in Ligue 1 Uber Eats since 2001, including the indomitable Vitorino Hilton - the Brazilian defender even tops the list regardless of continent. Behind the Brazilian and his 512 top-flight games, we find Souleymane Camara. The former Senegal striker is the most-capped African player in Ligue 1 Uber Eats in the 21st century with 423 appearances. The podium is completed by Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil, the leader for Europe, and Malagasy international Jérémy Morel (415 games). Check out our  the ranking, continent by continent.

Hilton on top, Africans in numbers

Still on a top-flight bench but now as a member of the coaching staff, Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil is the non-French European player with the most Ligue 1 Uber Eats matches in the 21st century. The former Monaco and Bordeaux player played in the elite between 2000 and 2019 with the exception of three seasons in Spain and Italy. In the top five, there are three dual nationals: Turkish international Mevlüt Erding, Polish international Ludovic Obraniak and Portuguese international Anthony Lopes. Lyon's goalkeeper, in fourth place, is one of two active players in the top ten, along with Parisian Marco Verratti, in tenth place.

Europeans in Ligue 1 Uber Eats in the 21st century:
1. Jaroslav Plasil (Czech Republic): 411 matches
2. Mevlüt Erding (Turkey): 295
3. Ludovic Obraniak (Poland): 290
4. Anthony Lopes (Portugal): 286
5. Kim Källström (Sweden): 282
6. Milan Bisevac (Serbia): 261
7. Stéphane Grichting (Switzerland): 253
8. Marko Basa (Montenegro): 251
9. Pedro Miguel Pauleta (Portugal): 250
10. Marco Verratti (Italy): 225
(UEFA zone countries, excluding France)

Two members of the African top 10 currently play in France. These three dual nationals are in second to fourth place behind ex-Montpellier player Souleymane Camara, leader with 423 matches. They are FC Lorient defender and Madagascar international Jeremy Morel (418) and AS Saint-Etienne's Algerian international Ryad Boudebouz (340).

Africans in Ligue 1 Uber Eats in the 21st century
1. Souleymane Camara (Senegal): 423 matches
2. Jérémy Morel (Madagascar): 418
3. Ryad Boudebouz (Algeria): 340
4. Jacques-Alaixys Romao (Togo): 313
5. Souleymane Diawara (Senegal): 311
6. Jean Makoun (Cameroon): 300
7. Adama Coulibaly (Mali): 294
8. Youssouf Hadji (Morocco): 276
9. Younousse Sankharé (Senegal): 265
10. Habib Bamogo (Burkina Faso): 260
(Countries in the CAF zone)

The Brazilians are dominant in the South American top ten, taking the first six places - and eight  8 of the top 10 since the appearance of Parisian Marquinhos. Leader Vitorino Hilton has almost double the number of games of his nearest rival, ex-Bordeaux player Jussiê.

South Americans in Ligue 1 Uber Eats in the 21st century
1. Vitorino Hilton (Brazil): 512 matches
2. Jussiê (Brazil): 266
3. André Luiz (Brazil): 253
4. Juninho (Brazil): 248
5. Ilan Araujo (Brazil): 237
6. Cris (Brazil): 225
7. Mauro Cetto (Argentina): 215
8. Renato Civelli (Argentina): 207
-. Marquinhos (Brazil): 207
10. Thiago Silva (Brazil): 204
(Countries in the CONMEBOL zone)

Among the players from the CONCACAF zone (North and Central America), there are four Americans and four Haitians in the top 10. Former Nice and Caen defender Romain Genevois is the most successful (148 games). Another player with more than 100 appearances is Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who played for AC Ajaccio between 2011 and 2014.

North Americans in Ligue 1 Uber Eats in the 21st century
1. Romain Genevois (Haiti): 148 matches
2. Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico): 112
3. Carlos Bocanegra (USA): 99
4. Hervé Bazile (Haiti): 93
5. Alejandro Bedoya (USA): 87
6. Jean-Jacques Pierre (Haiti): 80
7. Greg Vanney (USA): 60
8. David Régis (USA): 57
9. Rafael Márquez (Mexico) : 56
10. Johny Placide (Haiti): 53
(Countries in the CONCACAF zone)

Former OM right-back Hiroki Sakai just failed to catch up with leader Daisuke Matsui (148 games), who played for Le Mans, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne and Dijon. In seventh and eighth place are two other players currently in Ligue 1 Uber Eats: Bordeaux striker Hwang Ui-Jo and Strasbourg goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

Asians in Ligue 1 Uber Eats in the 21st century:
1. Daisuke Matsui (Japan): 148 matches
2. Hiroki Sakai (Japan): 145
3. Park Chu-Young (South Korea): 91
4. Mile Sterjovski (Australia): 81
5. Hwang Ui-Jo (South Korea): 65
6. Suk Hyun-Jun (South Korea): 61
7. Chang-Hoon Kwon (South Korea): 61
8. Eiji Kawashima (Japan): 59
9. Nam Tae-hee (South Korea): 37
10. Jung Jo-Gook (South Korea): 36
(Countries in the AFC zone)