CIES picks Ndidi as Nigeria’s best player in Europe
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.