All three were celebrated for their fine campaigns with RasenBallsport Leipzig, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund respectively, and were thoroughly deserving of their place among the 50 top talents in the world today.
However, a host of African players were also overlooked for the list, and earlier this week, Goal profiled five stars who we believe might have had a case to have been included.
But which of them can feel most hard done by to have been snubbed?
Here, we want to throw it back to you the reader to let us know which of the continent’s five absentees should have made the list.
Check out our gallery: Big-name African All-Stars who missed out on the Goal 50, and vote below: