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Top Ten NPFL Goalscorer In The Last 10 Years

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The lovely game of football is known for its nuances, complexity and many-sided quality, goal scoring is one of few statistics and substantial measurements we can use to rank players in world football.

Players make the cut on recognition simply on the basis of their goal scoring ability, rather than general ability as a footballer. Today we take a look at the ten NPFL goalscorers who have graced the league over the last ten years

 10. 2007- AMEH ARUWA– Kaduna united (10 goals)

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Ameh Aruwa just like Ike, also scored 10 goals in 2007 season of the Nigerian Premier League for Kaduna united. Enyimba were the champions at the end of that season. Aruwa last played for Bayelsa United in the Nigeria National League. Sadly, he died of unknown causes almost a week after being hospitalised for arm pain in 2011.

9. 2008- ABUBAKAR BABALE- Wikki/Sunshine stars (14 goals)

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Babale was the highest goal scorer for the 2008 season, scoring 14 goals two more than his last two predecessors albeit playing for two sides in the course of the season. Kano pillars were the league winners in that year.

8. 2009- OROK AKARANDUT- Akwa united (17 goals)

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Orok Akarandut was born March 18, 1987, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. He began his career with Akwa United F.C. who in January 2007 was promoted to the Nigerian Premier League. In the 2008/2009 season, he was the League’s top Goalscorer with 17 hits which tied the scoring record as at that time with Bayelsa united taking the league trophy. After this big performance,

After this big performance, Urok left Akwa United to sign with Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club CS Sfax on 13 July 2009. He later moved to Al Hadd FC of Bahrain 2014, where he currently plays.

7. 2010- AHMED MUSA- Kano Pillars (18 goals)

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The Leicester City forward broke the then NPFL scoring record of 17 goals while playing for Kano pillars as a teenager and set a new record which was broken again the next season by Jude Aneke. His exploits were however not enough for pillars to lift the league as Enyimba were leagued winners in 2010.

He moved to VVV Venlo after that season and has so far played for CSKA Moscow in Russia and currently ply trade with 2015/2016 EPL champions Leicester City.

Musa is the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match after scoring twice against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Of all other top scorers in this list, Musa is the only consistent performer in the Super Eagles.

6. 2011- JUDE ANEKE- Kaduna United (20)

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In November 2011, Aneke broke the 1-year-old record of Ahmed Musa by scoring his 19th and 20th goal in league play. A week later, he was called up to the national football team to replace an injured Peter Odemwingie.

In 2012, Aneke joined Warri Wolves, before transferring to Al-Masry, of Port Said, Egypt, in August of that year. The 26-year old now plays for current NPFL leaders, Plateau united.

5. 2012- SIBI GWAR- Niger Tornadoes (13 goals)

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Currently playing for Shooting Stars sports club of Ibadan, He signed with Niger Tornadoes in 2011 and scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win over his former club Kwara United on May 11. He scored six goals in his first three games with Tornadoes.

Having 13 goals were enough for him to win the highest goals scoring gong in 2012 but not enough for Tornadoes to win the league as Kano Pillars were crown the league champions.

4. 2013- VICTOR NAMO- Nasarawa United (18 goals).

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Currently playing for Al Ahly Benghazi In Libya, Namo played for Kano Pillars Football club between 2006-2012 helping the club win its first Nigerian Premier League in 2007-08. He left the club immediately after helping Kano Pillars secure its second League title in the 2011-2012 season before joining Nasarawa United.

In his debut season at Nasarawa United, he did what he knew best which is finding the back of the net and finished the season as top scorer in the league with 19 goals. In January 2014, Namo left Nigeria for Libyan Premier League giants Al Ahly Benghazi.

3. 2014- MFON UDOH- Enyimba  (24 goals)

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The people’s elephants skipper holds the record for the highest league goals in a single NPFL season after he scored 24 goals for Enyimba in 2014 when they finished second behind Kano pillars in the league while winning the Federation cup.

He scored a total of 6 braces throughout the campaign, including in the last game against Kano Pillars to extend Enyimba’s unbeaten streak to seven games, ending the season on a high note. At the end of the season, he received the golden boot for NPFL Top Scorer, the award for NPFL Player of the season and the League Bloggers Player of the season.

He is also the first player to score over 35 goals in two consecutive seasons in Nigeria. Between 2012 and 2014, he scored 39 goals in the regular league and 3 in national cup competitions, for a total of 41 goals in 2 seasons.
He was also the highest goalscorer in the 2016 CAF champions league season with 9 goals. He has 2 caps for the national team with just a goal.

2. 2015- GBOLAHAN SALAMI- Warri wolves (17 goals)

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Dubbed the Nigerian “Balotelli”, Salami scored 17 goals for Warri wolves to win the highest goal scorer award. He formerly played for Shooting stars of Ibadan and Sunshine stars of Akure.

In January 2015, Salami transferred to Serbian side Red Star Belgrade by signing a loan deal for the remainder of the season, with an option for a permanent deal. He returned to Warri less than two months later when Red Star was having financial problems. He was very close to joining English Premier League club Aston Villa on a trial deal back in April 2015. He now plays for Kuopion Palloseura in Finland. Having 13 caps for the super eagles with less than 5 goals for the team.

1. 2016- GODWIN OBAJE- Wikki Tourist (18goals)

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Currently the highest paid player in the Nigerian professional football league on the books of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, he previously played for Wikki tourist in 2016 winning the golden boot with 18goals, leading them to third in the league which earned them a place in the 2017 CAF confederations cup which they have since been knocked out.

Obaje had several failed transfers and trials with some European and African club sides before signing for FCIU. He had been called up to the national team in the past although he is yet to make his debut.

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.

The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.

Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues

  • Paulinho

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Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.

Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.

He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.

The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.

In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.

Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.

Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”

  • Iago Aspas

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.

After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.

At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.

In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.

READ ALSO: 10 Premier League Players With Most Own Goals

  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.

Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.

In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.

The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.

With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.

Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.

Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.

 

Conclusion

There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.

These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.

 

 

 

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The beautiful game of football is arguably the only sport that entertains its fans with the opportunity to witness a genuine instance of sheer genius with a series of beautiful nutmegs. The display of skills, footwork, eye-catching dribbles by different players makes the game more entertaining.

A lot of players around the world can dribble, go past a defender with a single flick and pace. However, good dribblers can be considered as one of the most important key players of a team, as they can unlock any kind of defense.

There are tons of Football dribblers, but only the best have made it onto the CheapGoals list.

10. Roberto Rivelino

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Rivelino’s magic with the ball was unbelievable, doing things nobody ever has or will do on a football pitch, and also had a quality of certainty about himself when he was on the ball.

He would not only wind past his opponents but also mortify them and smash defenders’ confidence. Sudden speeding up, various body bluffs would see him outfox defenders on numerous occasions, as some would say Garrincha made the ball talk to his feet.

9. Pelé

Other than being authoritatively one of the best footballers to ever graced the beautiful game and lived with three World Cup medals, this iconic Brazilian player was incredible at dribbling. Being able to control the ball in front of defenders and going past them with ease and confidence is something an aspiring footballer would dream of.

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8. George Best

Undoubtedly one of England’s greatest players, having scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United in a career that spread over more than a decade for the Red Devils. He had the confidence to make use of the ball within and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and easily.

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7. Ronaldo

De Lima is known for dribbling past defenders and after that going ahead to score a goal. only a few players have aced the popular ‘step over’ dribble as Ronaldo always proved to be a match-winner time over time with his solo dribbles.

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6. Johan Cruyff

One of Cruyff’s best abilities was that he had the ability to recognize any weakness and shortcoming in a defender. Like De-lima, he had a move named after him called “The Cruyff Turn”. It would appear as though he was passing the ball to a teammate but instead to kick the ball, he would turn 90 degrees and drag the ball within his foot behind his back leg. This sudden 90-degree move always left the opponent over to the cleaners.

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5. Garrincha

Talking about football dribblers, Garrincha compared to Pele was generally viewed as the best dribbler ever. His extraordinary speed combined with his stunning ball control always leaves defenders powerless, and unfit to deal with his mesmerizing dribbles. At just 5ft 6inches Garrincha’s low center of gravity helped him weave around opponents effortlessly.

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4. Diego Maradona

Maradona uses a style of dribbling called “Gambetta” in which he would use his body position to trick into going the wrong way.

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Maradona is an impudent, supreme football dribbler – who uses his small stature to make an extraordinary impact which made him one of the best dribblers in football. His strength and control made it difficult to knock him off the ball.

3. Okocha

Considered by many as a standout amongst one of the most skillful players in football, he was commended for his abilities and inventiveness. only if his prime had lasted longer, he may very well have been crowned with Ballon d’Or but Okocha is one of the best football dribblers. Be that as it may, it always a joy to watch the Nigerian dazzle on the football pitch.

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2. Ronaldinho

The former PSG forward and Brazil legend came into the limelight amid his time with Barcelona scoring 70 goals in 145 caps for the club. Dinho brought his mesmerizing pattern of football from the streets of Brazil onto the world stage, and defenders couldn’t deal with his skills and frills.

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Every little thing about him appeared to be so superb. From his sly bluffs to his sudden change in increasing speed, all that he did was accompanied by a smile all over his face. His most popular trick was  ‘Snake Bite’ where he would trick defenders by pushing the ball sideways, however, all of a sudden pulling the ball back the other way. He is considered one of the best football dribblers.

1.Lionel Messi

Having for all intents and purposes wins everything minus a World Cup, the four-time Balon d’Or winner is magnificently unstoppable on his day. The Barcelona forward has scored lots of stunning goals, beating three, four, even five players before firing it in the back of the net.

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Honourable Mentions

Mathias Sindelar, Zinedine Zidane, Micheal Laudrup, Adama Toure, Magico Gonzalez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Ariel Ortega, Eden Hazard,Dennis Bergkamp.

 

This is CheapGoal’s top 10 football dribblers, if any of our loving readers feel otherwise or have their preferred special list, pls don’t hesitate to drop and comment…

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