PULSESPORTS30 2022 Full List: Meet Nigeria's 30 best footballers of the year


PULSESPORTS30 2022 Full List: Meet Nigeria's 30 best footballers of the year

Pulse Sports Team 12:00 - 22.06.2022

PulseSports30 will, yearly, recognize the 30 best-performing Nigerian footballers from across the globe.

This year, Pulse Sports launched a yearly ranking of the 30 best Nigerian footballers from across the globe.

'PulseSports30' will, yearly, feature the best performing players for the season under consideration.

Beginning with the 2021/22 football season, we acknowledge the footballers of Nigerian heritage who had the most impact in their teams' performances, and helped them by goal contributions, playing major minutes and more.

June 2022's ranking was the first edition of PulseSports30
June 2022's ranking was the first edition of PulseSports30

The rankings will also included players whose effort saw them win individual awards.

The ranking is non-discriminatory and was not restricted to footballers playing in the world's major leagues.

PulseSports30 for 2022

Names were revealed from Friday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 22.


1. Victor Osimhen

Despite missing over two months of action due to injury, Osimhen still finished as Napoli's highest goal scorer and also scored the most goals - than any other player for...READ MORE ABOUT OSIMHEN.

2. Joe Aribo

Aribo's profile has been on the rise since signing for Rangers, but he took his performances to another level, playing a...READ MORE ABOUT ARIBO.

3. Calvin Bassey

The 2021/2022 season will be remembered as the breakout season for Calvin Bassey. The centre-back was named...READ MORE ABOUT BASSEY.


4. Moses Simon

Simon ended the season in a way he possibly did not expect it, helping Nantes to their first Coupe de France title since...READ MORE ABOUT SIMON.

5. Taiwo Awoniyi

Awoniyi ended the season as the highest-scoring Nigerian player in Europe’s top five leagues, and helped Union Berlin qualify for their first...READ MORE ABOUT AWONIYI.

6. Cyriel Dessers

Dessers was the highest goal scorer in the Europa Conference League, having scored 10 goals, and contributed to...READ MORE ABOUT DESSERS.


7. Emmanuel Dennis

Before the controversy surrounding his commitment to Nigeria at the AFCON in Cameroon, saw his performances drop, Dennis was the highest-ranking...READ MORE ABOUT DENNIS.

8. Paul Onuachu

Only Deniz Undav (26) and Michael Frey (24) scored more goals than Paul Onuachu in the...READ MORE ABOUT ONUACHU.

9. Zaidu Sanusi

Sanusi played an instrumental for FC Porto last season, helping the club seal a domestic double for the first time since...READ MORE ABOUT SANUSI.


10. Maduka Okoye

Okoye racked up 7 clean sheets in 30 games - enough to keep Rotterdam away from relegation. More impressive is...READ MORE ABOUT OKOYE.

11. Anthony Nwakaeme

The 33-year-old star was again one of Nigeria's best strikers in Europe this season, scoring...READ MORE ABOUT NWAKAEME.

12. Victor Moses

Despite the turbulence endured at Spartak Moscow in the Russian league due to political reasons, Moses...READ MORE ABOUT MOSES.


13. Valentine Ozornwafor

It will not outrageous to say Ozornwafor is currently Nigeria's best ball-playing centre-back...READ MORE ABOUT OZORNWAFOR.

14. Sadiq Umar

Umar was the brain behind Almeria’s promotion charge and was awarded with a golden shovel for...READ MORE ABOUT UMAR.

15. Kelechi Iheanacho

The arrival of Zambian forward Patson Daka meant that Iheanacho had to share his limited minutes, but whenever the 25-year-old forward played, he...READ MORE ABOUT IHEANACHO.


16. Ayo Obileye

To call Obileye the best Nigerian player in the Scottish Premiership will not be a stretch, despite Nigeria’s trio at Rangers...READ MORE ABOUT OBILEYE.

17. Odion Ighalo

Following his €2.9m move to Al-Hilal from rivals Al-Shabab, Ighalo scored a combined 22 goals...READ MORE ABOUT IGHALO.

18. Chidera Ejuke

The former Heerenveen man was arguably CSKA Moscow's best player of the season, winning the player of the month for...READ MORE ABOUT EJUKE.


19. Alhassan Yusuf

Yusuf was one of the revelations of the season...READ MORE ABOUT YUSUF.

20. Alex Iwobi

Frank Lampard's appointment at Everton offered the former Arsenal player a new lease of life...READ MORE ABOUT IWOBI.

21. Wilfred Ndidi

Despite an injury setback, Ndidi was one of the very best defensive midfielders in the Premier League...READ MORE ABOUT NDIDI.


22. Olisa Ndah

Ndah quickly cemented his place in the Buccaneers' backline having completed a move from NPFL side Akwa United...READ MORE ABOUT NDAH.

23. Raphael Onyedika

The 21-year-old defensive midfield schemer was an ever feature for FC Midtjylland, and led the club to...READ MORE ABOUT ONYEDIKA.

24. Elijah Adebayo

24-year-old Adebayo was at the forefront of Luton Town’s unprecedented promotion charge...READ MORE ABOUT ADEBAYO.


25. David Okereke

All things considered, Okereke’s first season in a European top-five league went fairly well despite Venezia’s instant relegation...READ MORE ABOUT OKEREKE.

26. Terem Moffi

Moffi enjoyed a productive season in Ligue 1, and ended the it as the club’s highest contributor...READ MORE ABOUT MOFFI.

27. Ademola Lookman

The RB Leipzig man brought in to compliment Leicester’s attack line, made 41 appearances...READ MORE ABOUT LOOKMAN.


28. Semi Ajayi

Ajayi had an unlucky season with West Brom as the Championship side missed a shot at returning to the Premier League...READ MORE ABOUT AJAYI.

29. Tosin Kehinde

Ex-Manchester United youngster Kehinde came into his own at Randers, displaying great versatility for Randers by...READ MORE ABOUT KEHINDE.

30. Samuel Chukwueze

Perhaps Chukwueze's standout moment was his goal at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League quarterfinals...READ MORE ABOUT CHUKWUEZE.

PulseSports30 - 2022's Full List
PulseSports30 - 2022's Full List

Who decides what players make the list?

A pool of players is curated by Pulse's team of sports reporters and editors, led by the senior editor.

The number is then whittled down to thirty and ranked based on merit.

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When to expect the next PulseSports30

Pulse Sports will announce a list of 30 best Nigerian footballers at the end of every football season.

June 2022's ranking was the first edition.