The midfielder who became the first Nigerian to grace the elite list, made the cut on the strength of his immense 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 and Chelse’s duo of 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.
On the global scene, Lionel Messi was picked the world’s best footballer after another record-breaking season.
It is also in recognition of an incredible campaign during which he beat Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old record of 85 goals scored in a calendar year.
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.