Just when African Football is at the verge of a transition, the names Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba so far still ring as the most powerful and most successful names in African Football currently. While this is not necessarily a position taken by African Celebrities Magazine, we do realize that world football is not in any hurry what so ever to forget about these two great African footballers who have undoubtedly promoted African football in immeasurable ways over the past decade.
The prove of the prowess of the highest Cameroonian goal scorer of all times Samuel Eto’o and the legendary Ivorian striker Didier Drogba come in their most recent nominations for the 2013 Golden Foot award. The award is given to players who stand out for their athletic achievements and for their personality. The Golden Foot is awarded to active players of at least 29 years of age and it cannot be won more than once.
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon captain) and Ivory Coast Captain Drogba are the only African candidates of all the nine players vying for this international football award.
The list of players nominated include: Cameroonian Striker Samuel Eto’o, Frenchman David Trezeguet, German Miroslav Klose, Ivorian striker Didier Drogba, Italy international Andrea Pirlo, Spanish International Andres Iniesta and Spanish International goal keeper Iker Casillas, and English International Franck Lampard and English Football Star David Beckham.
The winner of the Golden Foot Award will leave a permanent mould of his footprints on ‘The Champions Promenade’, situated on the seafront of the Principality of Monaco. Last year’s winner of the award was Swedish and current Paris Saint Germain’s forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
It will be an honour for Africa and their individual country if either Samuel Eto’o Fils or Didier Drogba wins the 2013 Award. The reason is very simply…No African Footballer has so far won the Golden Foot award. If this happens, it will be the first time.
Below is a list of all the past winners:
2003: Roberto Baggio (Italy, Brescia); 2004: Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic, Juventus); 2005: Andryi Shevchenko (Ukraine, AC Milan); 2006: Ronaldo (Brazil, Real Madrid); 2007: Alessandro Del Piero (Italy, Juventus); 2008: Roberto Carlos da Silva (Brazil, Fenerbahçe); 2009: Ronaldinho (Brazil, AC Milan); 2010: Francesco Totti (Italy, Roma); 2011: Ryan Giggs (Wales, Manchester United); 2012: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris SG); 2013: ??? yet to be decided.