Kanu Nwankwo has been named in the top 48 football legends worldwide by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).The IFFHS released the first phase of the list which includes Brazilian greats Pele and Ronaldo da Lima.
Notable Africans on the list include former World player of the year George Oppong Weah, Roger Milla, Rabah Medjer, Muhammed Aboutrika, Mohmud El-Khatub and former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe.
IFFHS was formed in 1984 under FIFA’s approval and they focus on archiving football records, statistics and records of associations across the globe.
Kanu was the last Nigerian to win the CAF African Footballer of the Year award in 1999. He played for Ajax, Inter Milan and Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.
Kanu Nwankwo, OON (born 1 August 1976), is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a striker. He was a member of the Nigerian national team for 16 years from 1994 until 2010.
On 24 June 2010, Kanu ended his international career following Nigeria’s exit from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
He won 86 caps and scored 13 goals for his country and was the joint most capped Nigerian player of all-time alongside Muda Lawal, until Joseph Yobo surpassed both players in 2012, winning his 87th cap.
Kanu has won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals and two African Player of the Year awards amongst others.
He is also one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal.
He made the third-most substitute appearances in Premier League history, appearing from the bench 118 times.
Kanu Nwankwo is also a UNICEF ambassador, and popularly noted for his humanitarian charities through his Kanu Heart Foundation, which helps underprivileged African children and young adults, living with different heart ailments in Nigeria and other African countries respectively, obtain the cardiac surgical operations needed.