Former Super Eagles’ skipper, Nwankwo Kanu, has been rated as the 38th best world football legend by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

Kanu with Roberto Carlos at Atlanta 1996 Olympics
Kanu with Roberto Carlos at Atlanta 1996 Olympics

Pele tops the list of the world’s 48 legends as announced by the IFFHS yesterday, with Maradona, Eusebio, Dino Zoff and Luis Chilavert also on the list. According to IFFHS, the list rates legendary players according to the positions they played.

Kanu is the only Nigerian in the list, which also has two Egyptians, Mahmoud El-Khatib and Mohamed Aboutrika, an Algerian, Rabah Madjer, Cameroun’s Roger Milla, George Weah of Liberia and Lucas Radebe of South Africa.

Kanu, who won a UEFA Champions League title, a UEFA Cup trophy, Olympics gold medal, several league and FA Cup titles in Nigeria, Holland, Italy and England, was recently listed by CAF as one of the 10 best African players of the last 50 years.

Arsenal of England’s fans also picked him as the 13th among the Gunners greatest 50 players poll.Also in the list by IFFHS are Brazil’s Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico), Manuel Francisco dos Santos (Garrincha), Ronaldo De Lima.


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