The International Centre for Sports Studies has portrayed Nigeria’s footballer, Victor Enyeama, as the best goalkeeper in Africa.
The former Nigerian national team goalkeeper, who presently plays for the French side Lile, is also rated as the 6th best goalies out of the ten candidates surveyed by the Swiss-based soccer think-tank.
According to survey, the best goalkeeper in the world is Manuel Neuer who plays for the German football club Bayern Munich. He is closely followed in the ranking by Jan Oblak, Atletico Mardrid goalie, and 40 years old Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus. Paris Saint Germain keeper, Kevin Trapp and Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo also figured in the survey prominently.
Victor Enyeama, who was between the sticks for the Green Eagles during the last FIFA World Cup in Brazil, was rated better in rank than Frenchman Hugo Lloris of Tottenham, Alphonse Areola of Villareal, Keylor Navas of Real Madrid and Pepe Reina of Napoli, who complete the list of the top ten goalkeeper in the European major leagues.
Though Hugo Lloris fell below the German keepr Manuer Neuer,he is considered as the best goalkeeper in the English Premier League, with the worst keeper being the delegated Aston Villa’s goalkeeper Guzan.
Eyeama, 33, also was also got a trophy for the French Ligue 1 Team of the Year Award for amazingly keeping 21 clean sheets out of the 35 games he played this season for his club.
In his Instagram page Victor Enyeama attributed his brilliant performance to divine intervention.
“From the profundity of my heart, I need to say a major thank you to God for this season,” Enyeama wrote on his wall.