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Kanu Nwankwo Makes World All Time Football Legends List

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

– Other legends included in the list are Pele, Zico, Luis Figo, David Beckham, José Luis Félix Chilavert

Nwankwo Kanu

Nwankwo Kanu

Other Africans included in the list includes former World player of the year  George Oppong Weah, Roger Milla, Rabah Medjer, Muhammed Aboutrika, Mohmud El-Khatub and former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe.

The list of 48 legends is the first of a series of list which will be subsequently released.

Nwankwo Kanu

Nwankwo Kanu during his time with the Super Eagles

Other legends included in the list are Pele, Zico, Luis Figo, David Beckham and José Luis Félix Chilavert.

Kanu played for the likes of Inter Milan, Arsenal and Ajax during his illustrious career winning a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals.

He is also a two-time African footballer of the year award winner.

See the full list of legends 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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