Nigeria’s Sunday Mba has been ranked as Africa’s best player in the ‘Goal 50’ list of world’s best footballers for the 2012/2013 season released today.
The midfielder who is the first Nigerian to grace the elite list made the cut on the strength of his contribution to Nigeria’s victory at
the Africa Cup of Nations, creating an immense legacy for the country’s home-based players.
The Warri Wolves player on loan to Enugu Rangers is ranked 24th best in the world ahead of PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze, £50m rated Luis Suarez, Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Frank Lampard.
The other Africans on the list are; Egypt’s Mohamed Aboutrika ranked 29th, Kenya’s Victor Wanyama ranked 44th and 45th ranked Itumeleng Khune of South Africa.
Messi, the best Lionel Messi won the ‘Goal 50’ award for the world’s best footballer after another record-breaking season.
The Argentinian forward claims the trophy from digital football brand Goal.com for the third time.
The ‘Goal 50’ title is in recognition of an incredible campaign during which he beat Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old record of 85 goals scored in a
The 26-year-old scored 91 goals in 2012 and increased his total as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer to 313 goals in all competitions by the end of the season.
Messi struck in his 19th consecutive La Liga game in March 2013, becoming the first footballer in history to score in consecutive matches against every team in a major professional league.
After receiving the trophy from Goal.com’s Barcelona correspondent Pilar Suarez at the club’s training ground, Messi said: “I’m very excited about this. As players, we work the entire year to win honours for the team, we don’t look for the individual awards, but when they come it’s an incentive and it gives us strength to continue on the same path.”
Messi heads this year’s list in front of second-placed Franck Ribery, who helped European champions Bayern Munich win the Treble. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo is third.
The ‘Goal 50’ is regarded as one of the most credible and respected awards in sport because it is chosen by the world’s biggest football website.
Voting takes place at the end of domestic and international seasons for the majority of countries.
More than 500 Goal.com journalists from around the world select their top 50 players, giving a truly global view.
2013 ‘Goal 50’ list
1 Lionel Messi – Barcelona
2 Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich
3 Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
4 Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich
5 Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich
6 Gareth Bale -Tottenham Hotspur
7 Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich
8 Thiago Silva – Paris Saint-Germain
9 Arturo Vidal – Juventus
10 Robin Van Persie – Manchester United
11 Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich
12 Paulinho – Tottenham Hotspur
13 Fred – Fluminense
14 Neymar – Barcelona
15 Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund
16 Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain
17 Radamel Falcao – AS Monaco
18 Dante – Bayern Munich
19 Andres Iniesta – Barcelona
20 Burak Yilmaz – Galatasaray
21 Ignacio Scocco – Internacional
22 Mario Mandzukic – Bayern Munich
23 Javi Martinez – Bayern Munich
24 Sunday Mba – Enugu Rangers
25 Zlatan Ibrahimovic -Paris Saint-Germain
26 Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich
27 Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich
28 Thibaut Courtois – Atlético Madrid
29 Mohamed Aboutrika – Al Ahly SC
30 Igor Akinfeev – CSKA Moscow
31 Luis Suarez – Liverpool
32 Juan Mata – Chelsea
33 Jackson Martinez – FC Porto
34 Paolo Guerrero – Corinthians
35 Ilkay Gundogan – Borussia Dortmund
36 Isco – Real Madrid
37 Raphael Varane – Real Madrid
38 Willian – Anzhi Makhachkala
39 Omar Abdul Rahman – Al Amoodi Al-Ain
40 James Rodriguez – AS Monaco
41 Roman Weidenfeller – Borussia Dortmund
42 Andrea Pirlo – Juventus
43 Henrik Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund
44 Victor Wanyama – Southampton
45 Itumeleng Khune – Kaizer Chiefs
46 Fernandinho – Manchester City
47 Hisato Sato – Sanfrecce Hiroshima
48 Robbie Keane – LA Galaxy
49 Lee Keun-Ho – Sangju Sangmu
50 Frank Lampard – Chelsea