Swiss-based organization CIES Football Observatory has unveiled the best performing players in 35 European leagues using the exclusive InStat Index, allnigeriasoccer.com reports.
Barcelona striker and recent Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi (401) is the only player that ranked greater than 400, followed by Ajax Amsterdam’s Hakim Ziyech (377), PSG’s Kylian Mbappe (366), Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez (362) and PSG’s Angel Di María (360) in that order.
The top ranked Nigerian player in the rankings is Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi (323), putting him in 66th position along with Manchester City star Bernardo Silva and Fenerbahce’s Serdar Aziz.
The Super Eagles midfielder has been influential for the second-placed team in the English Premier League this season, going the distance in all but one of their matches and scoring twice in his first six games of the season.
The second best Nigerian player listed is Queens Park Rangers attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze, who is having his best season as a professional, netting nine goals in 20 Championship games while providing four assists.
Joint-top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie, Cyriel Dessers comes next with an InStat Index of 301, one less than Eze.
Nantes winger Moses Simon and Torino’s Ola Aina complete the top five best ranked Nigerian players.
It is worthy of note that the aforementioned Nigerian players are aged 25 or under.
Real Madrid, Juventus Crash Out Of UEFA Champions League
Guardiola’s men will now head to Portugal for a quarter-final tie with Lyon, who have pulled off an upset by beating much-fancied Juventus on away goals following a 2-2 aggregate draw.
As for Madrid, they have a month’s rest before doing it all over again. Manchester City are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory on the day to seal a 4-2 win on aggregate.
Sterling made the most of a Varane error to give the hosts an early lead and, after Benzema had levelled things up with a good header, Jesus scored a second for the hosts following another Varane howler.
Despite losing the game 2-1, Lyon are through to the quarter-finals on away goals. Depay gave his side an early lead with a penalty, catching Szczesny out with a Panenka after Aouar was fouled by Bernardeschi.
Ronaldo pulled one back from the spot after Depay’s handball. Ronaldo got his second with a brilliant curling effort, but they couldn’t find the other goal they needed to get through.
Alas, the end of the road…
Nigerian Basketball Player Michael Ojo Dies
Michael Ojo, a Nigerian basketball player who previously played for Red Star Belgrade, died at the age of 27 during a training session in the Serbian capital on Friday, the club said.
“We are deeply saddened by the news”, Red Star’s spokesperson Igor Vujicin told AFP.
The club couldn’t confirm the cause of death, but local media reported that Ojo suffered a heart attack.
Born in Lagos, the 2.16 metre (7ft 1in) centre played for Florida State University in the United States before coming to Europe to start his professional career.
After a stint with the Belgrade team FMP Zeleznik, he moved to European giants Red Star, where he spent two seasons, quickly becoming a fan favourite.
Ojo had been without a club since June 30 but was still training with Red Star.
But his former team released a statement mourning the loss of the “cheerful giant”.
“The sudden and shocking death of Michael Ojo has deeply affected everyone — players, coaches and the management of a club that accepted him from the first day, and that he considered his own,” Red Star said.
EuroLeague also extended condolences to Ojo’s family, teammates, coaches, “and many fans who enjoyed his performances”.
US Billionaire, Dan Friedkin Signs Deal To Buy AS Roma In A Deal Worth £532m
American billionaire, Dan Friedkin has signed a deal to purchase Serie A club AS Roma, the club announced on Thursday, August 6.
The Italian football club said formal contracts with the Friedkin Group were signed on Wednesday for a transaction valued at €591million (£532million). The transaction will be completed before the end of the month.
“I am pleased to confirm we have reached an agreement with the Friedkin Group for the sale of AS Roma,” the club’s president James Pallotta said in a statement.
“We have signed the contracts tonight and, over the coming days, will now work together to complete the formal and legal process that will result in the club changing hands. Over the last month, Dan and Ryan Friedkin have demonstrated their total commitment to finalizing this deal and taking the club forward in a positive way. I am sure they will be great future owners for AS Roma.”
Dan Friedkin added: “All of us at the Friedkin Group are so happy to have taken the steps to become a part of this iconic city and club. We look forward to closing the purchase as soon as possible and immersing ourselves in the AS Roma family.”
Friedkin is the CEO of The Friedkin Group and its subsidiary, Gulf States Toyota Distributors, which was founded by his father, Thomas Hoyt Friedkin. The 54-year-old is worth $4.1 billion.
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