Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has been named in the 27th position in the 2014 Goal 50, which was released in full on Monday afternoon.
The Akwa Ibom State-born player is the only Nigerian to be named on the list of the top 50 performers from last season, and the second-ever after Sunday Mba made the list in 2013.
Enyeama kept two clean sheets as he helped Nigeria reach the second round at the World Cup in Brazil weighing in with some quality saves.
He also had a great season with his club where he went 1062 minutes without conceding a goal as Lille set up an early challenge for the Ligue 1 title. They eventually finished third and earned a Uefa Champions League spot.
For his feat in the French top division, Enyeama was awarded the Marc Vivien Foe prize for best African player in France last season.
A colourful character, Enyeama helped Nigeria win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa and has grown in confidence since.
He was listed among the best goalkeepers at the 2014 World Cup, 12 years after he made his debut in a game against England at Korea/Japan 2002.
The Goal 50 is a prestigious annual award that recognizes and ranks the world’s 50 best footballers of the season.
Previous winners include Wesley Sneijder, Lionel Messi and the current title holder Cristiano Ronaldo, who claimed his third win on Monday.
Voted for by editors from Goal’s 35 editions representing more than 600 journalists, the Goal 50 provides an unparalleled insight into the highest achievers in all positions and across all continents, unearthing many of the future stars of the game.
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