Okocha, Maradona In Panel To Select FIFA Best Player

Okocha, Maradona In Panel To Select FIFA Best Player

Former Nigeria international Austin Okocha, Argentina legend Diego Maradona and Netherlands great Edwin van der Sar are part of an 11-man panel that will select the 23-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017 award, FIFA announced on their official website on Wednesday.

Other football legends who are in the 11-man panel are Colombian icon Carlos Valderrama, Brazil 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cup winner CAFU, Carles Puyol who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain, Japan’s Hidetoshi Nakata, Alex Frei of Switzerland, Enzo Francescoli of Uruguay, Landon Donovan of the United States of America and New Zeland’s Ivan Vicelich.

The 23-man shortlist will be decided by the legends on Thursday.

Nominees in other categories that will also be decided on Thursday are Best FIFA Women’s Coach, Best FIFA Men’s Coach and Best FIFA Women’s Player.

The ceremony where all winners will be crowned holds in London on Monday, 23 October 2017.

Okocha represented Nigeria at three FIFA senior World Cups in USA 1994, France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002.

11-man panel to select The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017 award shortlist:

Cafú (Brazil)

Landon Donovan (USA)

Enzo Francescoli (Uruguay)

Alex Frei (Switzerland)

Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan)

Diego Maradona (Argentina)

Austin Okocha (Nigeria)

Carles Puyol (Spain)

Carlos Valderrama (Colombia)

Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)

Ivan Vicelich (New Zealand)


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  • jay jay okocha, the most dribble man in the whole world, austin okocha, no one be like you, i don’t knw why fifa is nt favour okocha, the man deserve world best player.

  • Beautiful panel of great men

  • Okocha working his way through FIFA

  • Okocha was so good they had to name him twice ‘JJ’

  • Okocha a great player without any FIFA list, dat is bad FIFA dey do ojoro well well like messi collect 4 world best without merit for FIFA

  • Honestly, Okocha was a great footballer Nigeria has ever produced

  • Great player. Lagendary

  • All this people are messi fans. Them go pick messi watch and see

  • Master dribble is ronadio

  • I know say na Messi okocha go chose…he Don first praise am

  • Okocha was dupped by FIFA, we all knew that!

  • JJ Okocha – master dribbler of all times

  • Pa jay.
    A player like him comes once in a generation.

  • And the winner is Cristano R.

  • Yeah, go ahead my brother

  • No wonder….so this were the people dat selected dat list…..tot as much. Cos I don’t know what guadiola and pochetino are doing in that lisr