Kanu Nwankwo is one of the greatest footballers ever

Ex-Super Eagles Striker, Nwankwo Kanu has been named as one of the greatest footballers ever by the FIFA supported International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

The name of the lanky striker who captained the country’s Dream team 1 to Olympic glory in Atlanta 96 appears in a list of 48 footballers which will be updated over time to include other legends.

See the full list of legends from IFFHS below:
1. Forward / Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (PELE) / Brazil
2. Midfielder / Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico) / Brazil
3. Midfielder / Manuel Francisco dos Santos (Garrincha) LATE / Brazil
4. Forward / Ronaldo Luís Nazário De Lima (Ronaldo) / Brazil
5. Defender, Sweeper / Franz Anton Beckenbauer (Beckenbauer) / Germany
6. Forward / GERD MÜLLER (Gerd) / Germany
7. Defender, Midfielder / Lothar Matthäus / Germany
8. Forward, Midfielder / Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (Johan Cruyff) / Netherlands
9. Forward / Marco Van Basten (Marco) / Netherlands
10. Forward, Midfielder / Ruud Gullit OON / Netherlands
11. Forward, Midfielder / Bobby Charlton (Bobby) / United Kingdom
12. Midfielder / David Robert Joseph Beckham (David Beckham) / United Kingdom
13. Forward /Stanley Mattews LATE / United Kingdom
14. Midfielder / Diego Armando Maradona Franco (Maradona) / Argentina
15. Forward / Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé LATE / Argentina
16. Forward / HAO HAIDONG / China
17. Defender / Sun Jihai / China
18. Forward / Mahmoud El-Khatib (Bibo) / Egypt
19. Midfielder / Mohamed Aboutrika / Egypt
20. Midfielder / Michel Platini / France
21. Midfielder / Zinedine Yazid Zidane (Zizou) / France
22. Goalkeeper / Antonio Carbajal (Tota) / Mexico
23. Forward / Hugo Sánchez Márquez (Sánchez) / Mexico
24. Forward / Eusébio da Silva Ferreira (Eusébio) / Portugal
25. Midfielder / Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo (Luis Figo) / Portugal
26. Goalkeeper / Dino Zoff / Italy
27. Forward, Midfielder / Roberto Baggio / Italy
28. Striker / Mustapha Rabah Madjer (Rabah Madjer) / Algeria
29. Forward / Albert Roger Mooh Miller (Roger Milla) / Cameroon
30. Forward / Ferenc Puskás LATE / Hungary
31. Forward / Baichung Bhutia (Bhutia) / India
32. Forward / Ali Daei / Iran
33. Midfielder / Hidetoshi Nakata / Japan
34. Striker / Cha Bum-kun (Tscha Bum) / South Korea
35. Striker / Jasem Yaqoub Sultan Al-Besara / Kuwait
36. Forward / George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (George Weah) / Liberia
37. Forward / Wynton Alan Whai Rufer / New Zealand
38. Forward / Nwankwo Kanu / Nigeria
39. Goalkeeper /José Luis Félix Chilavert González (José Luis Chilavert) / Paraguay
40. Goalkeeper / Lev Ivanovich Yashin (Lev Yashin) LATE / Russia
41. Forward / Majed Ahmed Abdullah Al-Mohammed (Majed Abdullah) / Saudi Arabia
42. Forward / Francisco Gento Lopez (Paco) / Spain
43. Forward / Hakan ?ükür / Turkey
44. Forward / Oleh Volodymyrovych Blokhin / Ukraine
45. Inside forward / Juan Alberto Schiaffino Villano (Pepe) LATE / Uruguay
46. Forward, Midfielder / Landon Timothy Donovan / USA
47. Defender / Lucas Valeriu Ntuba Radebe (Lucas Radebe) / South Africa
48. Midfielder / Ryan Joseph Giggs (Ryan Giggs) / Wales

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