FIFA’s best footballer of the year is named every year by FIFA after a vote involving national coaches. In men, this distinction is created in 1991 and in July 2010, it merges with the Golden Ball France Football . In 2016, FIFA and France Football no longer organize the election of the Golden Ball, so that FIFA reactivates its award for Best Footballer of the Year renamed The Best, FIFA Player.
So here are the only African players to get on the podium of FIFA ….
George Oppong Weah is at the top of the list of African players who have been nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
Originally from Liberia, Weah was revealed to the world by Arsène Wenger who gave him the opportunity to realize his biggest dream in France. He will surprise the world with his talent. The Liberian footballer played for Paris Saint Germain and AC Milan
His explosive strike ability made him the number one choice for voters in 1995 as he defeated Paolo Maldini and Jurgen Klinsman to win the title of best footballer of the year.
The following year, he was shortlisted for the award, but he lost to Ronaldo, of Brazil, and Alan Shearer.
Samuel Eto’o Son
After Weah; Africa waited ten years before Samuel Eto’o Son made the continent even more proud.
The Cameroonian legend honored the continent while still playing at FC Barcelona in 2015 and he was rewarded for his hard work by appearing on the list of nominees for the title of best footballer of the year FIFA
He finished third after Ronaldinho and Frank Lampard.
Africa has since struggled to be among the nominees or even win the trophy. And it is the Egyptian Mohamed Salah who put an end to the 13 years of waiting, after Samuel Eto’o.
He shone a lot during his first season in the Premier League, scoring 34 goals. He even earned the title of top scorer and scored 10 goals that helped propel Liverpool into the UEFA Champions League final.
The Egyptian has been shortlisted this year alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric for the title of FIFA Player of the Year nicknamed “The Best”.