Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has topped the 10th annual Goal 50 poll, handing him yet another ‘best player in the world’ accolade following an incredible 2017.
Goal 50 is run each year by Goal.com and sees more than 500 of the website’s journalists and correspondent across various languages vote for to name the best 50 players in the world.
— Goal (@goal) November 14, 2017
Goal’s Spanish language managing editor Martin Seldes said, “Ronaldo’s place at the top of the Goal 50 is deserved and one that many would find it hard to argue against. His dedication to football and his own fitness shows that despite being 32 he shows no sign of slowing down.”
Ronaldo won La Liga and Champions League titles with Real in 2016/17, with as many as nine Los Blancos players featuring on the list of 50. Luka Modric finished third in the poll standings, while Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos were also named in the top 10.
Lionel Messi finished fourth, with Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon placing second.
Ronaldo has already celebrated victory in the FIFA Best Awards in recent weeks, while he is the overwhelming favourite to land a fifth career Ballon d’Or next month. But Despite praising his achievements, Seldes was equally enthused over the genuine competition that the Portuguese faces for the title of the world’s best player.
“While Real Madrid have dominated this year’s Goal 50, we’re also seeing a number of players, other than Messi who could soon stand a chance of laying a claim to his crown, whether that’s Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe or even Modric and Ramos – two players whose contribution to Real Madrid over the past 12 months should not be forgotten,” he explained.
As many as 16 players from the Premier League were in the Goal 50 list, including the likes of N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David de Gea. There were 15 from La Liga, including Real’s nine, seven from Serie A, six from Ligue 1 and five from the Bundesliga.
Sporting CP striker Bas Dost was the only player from outside of Europe’s ‘top five leagues’ to feature in the Goal 50 list, placing 49th overall.
Full Goal 50 List for 2017:
|1||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid|
|3||Luka Modric||Real Madrid|
|5||Sergio Ramos||Real Madrid|
|7||Kylian Mbappe||Paris Saint-Germain|
|10||Toni Kroos||Real Madrid|
|14||Dani Alves||Paris Saint-Germain|
|15||Leonardo Bonucci||AC Milan|
|16||Thiago Alcantara||Bayern Munich|
|17||Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur|
|18||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Borussia Dortmund|
|19||Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich|
|21||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Manchester United|
|22||Edinson Cavani||Paris Saint-Germain|
|23||Antoine Griezmann||Atletico Madrid|
|29||Bernardo Silva||Manchester City|
|31||Paul Pogba||Manchester United|
|33||Dani Carvajal||Real Madrid|
|34||Romelu Lukaku||Manchester United|
|35||Christian Eriksen||Tottenham Hotspur|
|36||Manuel Neuer||Bayern Munich|
|37||Dele Alli||Tottenham Hotspur|
|38||Marco Asensio||Real Madrid|
|42||Benjamin Mendy||Manchester City|
|46||David de Gea||Manchester United|
|47||Diego Costa||Atletico Madrid|
|48||Naby Keita||RB Leipzig|
|49||Bas Dost||Sporting CP|
Nigeria Proposes To Host 2022 Youth Olympics
Nigeria has officially made a proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Abuja.
At a video presentation held in Abuja on Sunday, the Nigerian delegation comprising the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, the Permanent Secretary Adesola Olusade, the Nigeria Olympic Committee President Habu Gumel, officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Federal Capital Territory, Dalung assured the visiting members of the IOC that Abuja will be ready to host the games if Nigeria gets the nod.
In his remarks, the minister commended the IOC for considering an African host for the event.
“I want to commend the IOC for developing a mechanism for Africa to be taken along through the changes introduced in the organisation of the Youth Olympics. I want to assure you that the capacity of the country to deliver is not in doubt. We will ensure that we package a brand of the Youth Games which after 2022, will set an agenda for the IOC to emulate.
” Abuja is ready to host because we have hosted international competitions in the past. Moreover, the IOC has emphasised that countries seeking to host the games should not build new structures but improve on their existing ones or make use of temporary facilities which will be dismantled after the games. We have the organisational capacity, the experience and the technical know-how to host.
“Abuja as a city has most of the requirements as enumerated to us by the IOC in a video presentation.
“We hope that at the end of the day, Nigeria will be chosen to host the 2022 Games for Africa,” Dalung said.
Earlier, the IOC members led by Associate Director for the Youth Olympic Games, Antoine Goetschy, stated in their video presentation that the process of securing the bid to host the games will cost nothing to enable weaker countries with the potentials to host the event.
“We are here to see what you have to propose and to show you an overview of what we want in a host city. The objective of our visit is for the proposing host nation to understand the strategic alignment and stakeholders engagement and the potential operational footprint”
Other criteria for hosting the games as presented in the video include demonstration of existing international and youth strategies, prior experience in hosting major events, motivation of the relevant authorities and stakeholders for hosting the Youth Games, dedicated and permanent fields of play, potential accommodation solutions for NOC team delegations, existing indoor multipurpose arenas, potential sites for outdoor festival space and discussions on how hosting the YOG 2022 can act as a catalyst for further development.
The members comprising Gilbert Felli, Senior Adviser, Melina Simm, Advisor and Mathieu Pouret, YOG Manager undertook an inspection tour of the Abuja National Stadium and other facilities yesterday while discussions to select the host country continue.
Neymar Makes Brazil World Cup Squad
Neymar, who hasn’t played a game since breaking his foot in February, was named on Monday as the star of the Brazilian national team which will seek a record sixth World Cup out in Russia, AFP reports.
Coach Tite announced the team list at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro. Neymar’s returning form will be a key factor for the team, which lost influential right-back Dani Alves to a knee injury last week.
Tite’s 23-man squad, which was without major surprises, sees Alves replaced by Danilo (Manchester City) and Fagner, whom Tite knows from his time at the helm of Corinthians’ 2015 national championship-winning team.
Fagner is currently carrying an injury of his own but has been cleared by team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar to play in Russia.
After sweeping aside South American opponents in the World Cup qualifiers, Brazil are seen as one of the favourites at the World Cup. Their campaign begins against Switzerland on June 17.
Source : the18
Neymar Named France’s Player Of The Year
Neymar was named as France’s player of the year at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday, despite the Paris Saint-Germain superstar missing the last three months of the season due to injury.
The Brazilian, the world’s most expensive player, scored 19 goals in just 20 league games for PSG before suffering a foot injury in February that required surgery.
His PSG teammates Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were also nominees, along with Marseille’s Florian Thauvin.
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