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No Nigerian In The World's Best 100 Footballers List???

To many Nigerian soccer fans and even the media, the Super Eagles are loaded to the hilt with super stars most of whom are plying their trade outside the nation's shores.
But the world appears to see our players differently, if a recent rating done by a US based sports media outfit, Bleacher Report is anything to go by.

Bleacher Report's list of the world best 100 soccer stars did not include any Nigerian player as only the likes of Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o, Coted Ivoire's duo of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure and Ghana's Michael Essien were the African stars that made the big boys list.
As expected, Argentina's Lionel Messi was No.1 on the chart alongside his Barcelona team mates, Gerard Pique, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and David Villa.

The other first XI that made the list from outside Barcelona's camp were Real Madrid's Christian Ronaldo, Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, Man City's Carlos Tevez, Bayern's Arjen Robben and Arsenal's Robin Van Persie.
Some of the other notable players that got on the world's best 100 list include
Wayne Rooney (13th), Cesc Fabregas, Wesley Sneijder, Nani, Angel Di Maria, Gareth Bale, Diego Forlan, and Landon Donovan.

The goalkeepers that made the list were Iker Casilas, Van Der Saar, Manuel Neuer and Petr Cech.
The US media used the performance of the players (current form) for club and country to rate the players. Another factor that came up for consideration was the rating of the clubs, which the players are featuring for.
Asked to comment on the rating, Soccer Star Editor, Kunle Solaja said the fact that no Nigerian player made the list did not come to him as a surprise.

He noted that Nigerian players are playing for lowly rated clubs, even as he warned that Nigerian players would in the near future not be making the cut at the African level.“The rating is one that should make those running the game in the country realize that our football is not just there at the moment,” Solaja declared.
It would be noted that most of the regulars in Super Eagles are playing for clubs that are struggling to survive relegation in Europe. Obinna Nsofor's West

Ham is going down alongside Obafemi Martins's Birmingham, Ike Uche's Real Zaragoza and Kalu Uche's Almeria. The only Nigerian “star” whose performance has been heartwarming is West Brom's
Osaze Odemwingie. West Brom is also one of the lowly rated clubs in the Premiership, a situation that would make Osaze's heroics not to be acknowledged.

Ham is going down alongside Obafemi Martins's Birmingham, Ike Uche's Real Zaragoza and Kalu Uche's Almeria. The only Nigerian “star” whose performance has been heartwarming is West Brom's
Osaze Odemwingie. West Brom is also one of the lowly rated clubs in the Premiership, a situation that would make Osaze's heroics not to be acknowledged.

Source:
The Sun News.
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