FABRICE COFFRINI via Getty Images
FOOTBALL – Very famous, the trophy of the best African footballer of the year, granted by the BBC, has just revealed the 5 nominees for this 2018 edition. Among them, Moroccan international Medhi Benatia, who will succeed the current 2017 champion, Egyptian striker and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
To date, no Moroccan has won this distinction, which since 1992 has rewarded the best African player. This year the captain of the Lions Atlas and Juventus player of Turin is named alongside big names in African football, namely Mohamed Salah, Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane of Senegal, and Partey of Ghana.
for the BBCMoroccan captain Medhi Benatia, 31, has become one of Europe's most reliable defenders in recent years, having played in some of the biggest clubs in the Old Continent. But it is his role at the heart of Juventus' famous safe defense in 2018, which earned him a place for the first time in the list of the African Footballer of the Year. the BBCwe can read on the media site.
As a strong and confident central defender, Benatia helped Juve win the seventh consecutive Serie A title last season while winning the Copa Italia and the quarterfinals of the Champions League. He has also led Morocco in his first World Cup since 1998, despite being eliminated in the group stage.
In addition, El Capitano, who made his return to the squad on Friday against Cameroon, dethroned Mo Salah, a favorite for his own possession, who also carries his selection and reached the final of the Champions League last May. Real Madrid? Sadio Mané, Salah's Liverpool team-mate, will also have a voice after a very good season with the Reds.
Pending the verdict on December 14, it is possible to vote on the the BBC. You have until December 2 at 8:00 PM GMT.