2023 World’s 100 Best Footballers: Osemah In, Ronaldo Out

Nigerian forward Victor Osimhan has made the list of the 100 best footballers of 2023, capping off a huge year for his career.

According to the continent’s football governing body CAF, Victor Osimahan finished as the best footballer in Africa this year. The award came after finishing 8th in the 2023 Ballon d’Or, the highest honor for a Nigerian footballer in history.

However, according to FourFourTwo, the 24-year-old Napoli striker is the 14th best footballer in the world in the outgoing year.

Osimhen is not the only Nigerian to make the top 100 Best footballers in the world list, Bayer Leverkusen’s form striker, Victor Boniface made the list but is not even close to the top fifty.

2023 World's 100 Best Footballers: Osemah In, Ronaldo Out

The 22-year-old Nigerian striker has been phenomenal since his move to Bayer Leverkusen, winning the Bundesliga Rookie of the Month for a record five consecutive times.

Despite such a run, he is rated far below the likes of Newcastle United’s Kieran Trippier and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

Interestingly, the 38-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored a total of 50 goals for his country Portugal and Club Nasr, is not included in the top 100 Best footballers in the world in 2023 this year so far.

Ronaldo’s career rival, Lionel Messi who is now signed to Inter Miami in Major League Soccer, made the list and was even ranked 6th best.

2023 World's 100 Best Footballers: Osemah In, Ronaldo Out

Below are the 100 best footballers in the world in 2023

2023 World's 100 Best Footballers: Osemah In, Ronaldo Out
  • Erling Haaland (Man City)
  • Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)
  • Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)is among the 100 best footballers
  • Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
  • Rodri (Man City)
  • Lionel Messi (Inter Miami)
  • Bernardo Silva (Man City)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
  • Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid)
  • Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
  • Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
  • Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
  • Ilkay Gundogan (Barcelona)
  • William Saliba (Arsenal)is among the 100 best footballers
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
  • John Stones (Man City)
  • Rafael Leao (AC Milan)
  • Declan Rice (Arsenal)
  • Allison (Liverpool)
  • Bruno Guimares (Newcastle)
  • Ederson (Man City)
  • Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)
  • Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli)
  • Ruben Dias (Man City)
  • Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)
  • Kyle Walker (Man City)
  • Son Heung-Min (Tottenham)
  • Xavi Simons (PSV)
  • Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
  • Pedri (Barcelona)
  • Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
  • Warren Zaire-Emery (PSG)
  • Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)
  • Alejandro Balde (Barcelona)
  • James Maddison (Tottenham)
  • Julian Alvarez (Man City)
  • Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)
  • Ter Stegen (Barcelona)
  • Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton)
  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
  • Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad)
  • Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
  • Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)
  • Kim Min-Jae (Napoli)
  • Randal Kolo-Muani (PSG)
  • Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)
  • Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
  • Martinelli (Arsenal)
  • Alphonso Davies (Bayern)
  • Luis Diaz (Liverpool)
  • Kingsley Coman (Bayern)
  • Dusan Vlahovic (Juve)
  • Lois Openda (Lens)
  • Bruno Fernandes (Man United)
  • Alexander Isak (Newcastle)
  • Achraf Hakimi (PSG)
  • Rodrygo (Real Madrid)
  • Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Santiago Gimenez (Feyenoord)
  • Gavi (Barcelona)
  • Marquinhos (PSG)
  • Toni Kross (Real Madrid)
  • Joao Palhinha (Fulham)
  • Anthony Gordon (Newcastle)
  • Granit Xhaka (Leverkusen)
  • Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid)
  • Theo Hernandez (AC Milan)
  • Sven Botman (Newcastle United)
  • Phil Foden (Man City)
  • Julian Brandt (Dortmund)
  • Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham)
  • Hakan Calhanoglou (Inter Milan)
  • Moussa Diaby (Aston Villa)
  • Marcus Rashford (Man United)
  • Jack Grealish (Man City)
  • Dominik Szoboszlai (Liverpool)
  • Victor Boniface (Leverkusen)
  • Federico Valverde (Real Madrid)
  • Raheem Sterling (Chelsea)
  • Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa)
  • Federico Chiesa (Juve)
  • Martin Zubimendi (Real Sociedad)
  • Viktor Gyokeres (Sporting Lisbon)
  • Christopher Nkunku (Chelsea)
  • Ivan Martin (Girona)
  • Marcus Thuram (Inter Milan)
  • Nico Williams (Athletic Club)
  • Serhou Guirassy (Stuttgart)
  • Enzo Fernandez (Chelsea)
  • Olivier Giroud (AC Milan)
  • Isco (Real Betis)
  • Lucas Paqueta (West Ham United)
  • Karim Benzema (Al-Ittihad)
  • Micky van de Ven (Tottenham)
  • Diogo Costa (FC Porto)
  • Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid)
  • Sergio Busquets (Inter Miami)

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