Osimhen battles Saka, Mbappe, Messi, Ronaldo, 20 others for IFFHS Men's World Best Player 2023
Published: December 11, 2023Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has been nominated for the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) Men's World Best Player 2023.
The main distinction is that the performances of the players for the calendar year were taken into account and not the season.
Osimhen had a great year at Napoli, scoring 27 goals in 39 games across all competitions and played a crucial role as Napoli lifted their first Serie A crown since 1990 in May.
On the international stage, the 2015 Fifa U17 World Cup Golden Boot winner mustered five goals in five appearances for the Nigeria national team, including a hat-trick against São Tomé and Príncipe in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
On the back of those performances, he was nominated for the prestigious Ballon d'Or and The Best FIFA Men's Player, and is guaranteed a podium finish when the winner of the African Footballer of the Year is announced on Monday.
The other nominees that stand out above the rest are: Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Erling Haaland (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Inter Miami) and Cristiano Ronaldo ( Al Nassr).
Two players with a Nigerian background in the shape of Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka and Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala are both in the running for the IFFHS Men's World Best Player 2023.
Liverpool's Egypt winger Mohamed Salah has also been nominated for the award.
Full list of nominees:
Jude Bellingham - Real Madrid
Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City
Rúben Dias - Manchester City
İlkay Gündoğan - Manchester City/ Barcelona
Erling Haaland - Manchester City
Rodri - Manchester City
Bernardo Silva - Manchester City
Harry Kane - Tottenham Hotspur/ Bayern Munich
Kim Min-jae - Napoli/ Bayern Munich
Lautaro Martínez - Inter Milan
Nicolò Barella - Inter Milan
Kylian Mbappé - Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi - Paris Saint-Germain/Inter Miami
Jamal Musiala - Bayern Munich
Martin Ødegaard - Arsenal
Bukayo Saka - Arsenal
Victor Osimhen - Napoli
Vinícius Júnior - Real Madrid
Bruno Fernandes - Manchester United
Mohamed Salah - Liverpool
Romelu Lukaku - Inter/ Roma
Alphonso Davies - Bayern Munich
Cristiano Ronaldo - Al Nassr Jeddah
German Cano - Fluminense
Antoine Griezmann- Atlético Madrid
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