Who was the best player for all time and in 2016? Read the rating in the article below.
Odion Ighalo was recognized as the best football player in 2016. Let’s remember his achievements and goals of other Nigerians players for all time.
Abedi Pelé was one of the first stars of African soccer in Europe. The largest part of his career he played in France where promoted success of 'Marseille' in the Cup of European champions in the early nineties.
He left Ghana after the Cup of the African nations of 1982, which took place in Qatar to conclude the contract with Swiss 'Zurich'. But young Abedi didn't have success there and was forced to return to Africa. Only four years later, he signed the first professional contract with European club. One and a half years later, Abedi Pelé gets in Marseilles 'Olimpic'. Then there were 'Lyon', Italian 'Torino' where Abedi has received a rank 'The best foreigner of year', and 'Munich-1860', which has topped the European career of the Ghanaian. Pelé has left to sign 2-years contract with 'Al Ain' in the United Arab Emirates, where he was recognized as one of the best foreign players playing in league of this Arab country.
Rashidi Yekini has a record of Nigeria in quantity of scored goals as a part of national team. The native of Kaduna has 37 of them in 70 games. Forward participated in two World Cups (1994 and 1998). On tournament in the USA, he has scored the first goal of Nigerians on world championships, in a match of a group stage with team of Bulgaria (3:0). As a part of Super Eagles, the player reached a cup final of the African nations four times, became the top scorer of tournament twice, but only once he won a trophy (1994). In 1993, the forward was recognized as the player of year in Africa. He has begun club career in the homeland, then in Portugal, Greek 'Olympiacos', Spanish of 'Sporting' from Gijon, and then in Swiss 'Zurich'. At the end of career, Rashidi Yekini played in the championships of Côte d'Ivoire, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. However, he didn't reach big victories there.
In early years of football career, he played for clubs 'Nigerluxe', 'Concorde' and 'Julius Berger'. In 'Julius Berger' he became the champion of Nigeria (1991), and then the champion of Egypt (1992 and 1993), playing for 'Zamalek' from Cairo (71 games and 26 goals).
In Lisbon 'Sporting', Amuneke has spent 3 seasons since 1994 (51 games and 17 goals). During the season of 1996/97 he was acquired by Spanish 'Barcelona' for $3.6 million. However, he could play only 19 matches for this club in debut season, having spent 2 more seasons generally in conflicts with trainers or being restored from injuries. Also the player was rather aggressively accepted by local neo-national groups, which even attacked his car.
In 2000 as free agent, he passed in 'Albacete', where for 2 seasons (2000/01 and 2001/02) he played 17 games (1 goal).
In 2003, he passed in Jordanian club from Amman, where he has played 22 games within 1 season. At the end of career, Emmanuel Amuneke participated in games of the championship of Indonesia.
World best player 2016
The forward of 'Woodford' of Odion Ighalo is the top scorer in soccer in 2016. He goal for this team, which has evened the score in match with 'Bournemouth' has brought his bombardier account to 21 balls. The Nigerian is the best forward of the country in 2015.
Ighalo's result as top scorer of Championship was reached not so early. He didn't make goals in the championship from the middle of April 2015. The 26-year-old forward became a great luck for his team, having caused a stir in 16 times after Christmas and having played a crucial role in team reaching the final.
On average in last season, he scored a goal each 97 minutes. And it was not just luck. He has continued to do it also in the Premier league.
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