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FIFA names Ghana defender John Boye among best ten players at 2014 World Cup

Published on: 19 June 2014
Ghana defender John Boye in an aerial challenge

By Ameenu Shardow

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FIFA has named Ghana defender John Boye among the 10 best players so far at the 2014 World Cup thanks to his excellent showing in the Black Stars match against the USA.

The France-based centre-back placed 8th in a statistical ranking done by the world governing body after the first round of group games of the ongoing tournament in Brazil.

This is a massive boost for the reputation of the career of the player who will now be classified as world class because of the rating by FIFA.

FIFA used information gathered from the renowned football engine Opta to conduct its rankings which sees German forward Thomas Muller on top of the pile with a 9.75 rating.

Boye lasted the entire duration in Ghana’s shocking 2-1 defeat to the USA in their opening Group G game last Monday in Natal.

The 27-year-old however appeared amongst the best statistical performers after the first round of matches at the World Cup even though some Ghanaians have accused him of being over-confident in Black Stars defence in the defeat to the United States.

Boye ended up with a 9.45 rating having won five of his seven tackles, eight recoveries, eight clearances and a block in the defeat to the USA.

He is also said to have completed 91 percent of his 44 passes in the game against the USA.

The Black Stars defender’s statistics bettered that of Chile’s Alexis Sanchez and Tim Cahill of Australia.

He is however behind the likes of Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie and Phil Jagielka.

Boye is a free agent and this statistic could help him land a bumper move in Europe after refusing to extend his expiring contract with Rennes.

Below is the full list of FIFA’s best players at the 2014 World Cup thus far.

Position Name Ratings Country
1st Thomas Muller 9.75 Germany
2nd Mehrdad Pooladi 9.7 Iran
3rd Geoff Cameron 9.64 U.S.A
4th David Luiz 9.6 Brazil
5th Phil Jagielka 9.56 England
6th Robin van Persie 9.52 Netherlands
7th Arjen Robben 9.48 Netherlands
8th John Boye 9.45 Ghana
9th Alexis Sanchez 9.42 Chile
10th Tim Cahill 9.39 Australia


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  • ofori. richard says:
    June 19, 2014 12:06 pm
    Two big mistakes that blow Ghana how can Boys classfy as best prayer
  • sugar says:
    June 19, 2014 12:48 pm
    John waaat....this dude really **** up..He has no competition thats y he is fooling..The coach gotta drop dis dude..This guy isn't good at all. ahhhh...what a pity
  • stunna says:
    June 19, 2014 10:41 am
    what do u knw abt football to call the coach clueless.u just like u hav no adult for ur house, u wish AA was ur relative wate. u hav every right to express ur opinions nd pain but watch ur words.DONT ACT LIKE A FOOL.
  • The truth says:
    June 19, 2014 02:01 am
    It's not April yet
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 19, 2014 02:24 am
    Based on what was he nominated...stupid. How can such a weak defender appeared among the best in the world, everything fifa involved itself in is corrupt. The statistics on this guy is horrible...played less then 120mins for his team the entire season, played 180mins for AA the clueless coach ( INCLUDING SOUTH KOREA) and suddenly he is the best. Stupid Stupid Stupid.....better drop this boye and play sumaila ..otherwise a pair with Jonathan mensah will be a disaster against Germany.
  • eb says:
    June 19, 2014 02:29 am
    I think wakaso is not having the chance to prove himself.ghana has too many midfielders so i feel Wakaso can play this please Mr Appiah this my team for germany. kwarasey Sumaila boye jonathan. Wakaso. rabiu. muntari atsu. kojo. dede. gyan. i believe this team can win. thank very much Mr Appiah
  • A concerned citizen says:
    June 19, 2014 03:04 am
    How can Nana Adwoa "big head" spue garbage like that..It is been judged by FIFA's technical division so it is from the technical point of view...Watch this,,there is no player who does not commit mistakes..Generally speaking John shook off the mistake and lifted up his game.
  • Rasheed says:
    June 19, 2014 03:07 am
    I hope wakaso has not bribed you to fight for him.Oh my God,how can you force him into a position he has never played before.
  • selfmade says:
    June 19, 2014 03:07 am
    We have only one match and out of that match,we have top performers? This is a very USELESS stats and I also have my own stats!! I have watched dempseys goal several times and the first person to be blame is john boye! When Dempsey received the pass, he was running towards our penalty area FACING JOHN BOYE and the first thing any good defender should have done is to stay with him or run with him! Dempsey turn turn the ball a Lil bit with to his left and what BOYE did was ridiculous to say the least! He lost his balance because of the way Dempsey turn the ball but he rather left his RIGHT WAS TRAILING BEHIND and that could has cause a penalty anyway! Its far better to concede a penalty than allowing in a goal! Penalties are not as good as a goal! Again,why was he even thinking about avoiding a penalty when he has enough room to block the ball with a SLIDING TACKLE? There was penalty of room and enough time for him to slide his body in front of the ball! A slight tackle from him wld have confused Dempsey but he didn't but even allow the guy, plenty of time and space to turn the ball to his left side before shooting! Muntari who was not in the d run all the way from the midfield and didn't stop and he almost had a leg to the ball but our TALL,LANKY USELESS DEFENDER stop running the moment Dempsey turn him inside out and was watching him!! Omg! Preventing a goal is not about USELESS TACKLES but rather is about APPLYING THE RIGHT PRESSURE TO THE OPPONENT and this is what our JOHN DIDN'T DO! Now with the second goal, where was he HIDDING? He is our last defender and he is also the tallest among the back four and he is suppose to mark the tallest players when we concede a corner or any set piece but our john was no where to be found but when we score a goal,this good for nothing central defender ll be the first in line DANCING AZONTO WITH HIS PANTS SAGGING! With this guy as our defensive leader, the future looks BLEAK!
  • Franknaros says:
    June 19, 2014 03:32 am
    Nonsense! Every FIFA statistics is rubbish and the FIFA ranking system alone is enough to tell you that. Look at the players they've been choosing as man of the match so far even though they claim it's from public votes. Isn't man of the match supposed to be the player who performs best? Both goals conceded against the USA were goals Boye could have stopped but he went to sleep on both ocassions and then you lot turn around and talk about some rubbish stats. I bet they'll say Opare has done the most crossings per game so far too. Rubbish!
  • Kofi USA says:
    June 19, 2014 03:49 am
    No, this is FIFA's way of consoling us from the fact that technically they put us in a group with 3 European teams. They always do that to the top performing African team. They did it twice to Ivory Coast and now that Drogba cannot even play 45 minutes, they have shifted to Ghana. Soon, Essien, Muntari, and Gyan will be old and then they'll shift to another country. My frustration however, is why our media never keeps these things in the media to attract world recognition. Our GFA president claims to be a lawyer. does he see these things?...does he know how to file a petition?
  • selfmade says:
    June 19, 2014 04:38 am
    When I was advocating for john MENSAH inclusion in the squad over here, some charlatans were taking me on and now we have to wait for another four years for the WC!
  • Kwaku says:
    June 19, 2014 05:08 am
    @rasheed, wakaso began his career from the left back position. He was the left back for Ghana during the fifa under 17 world cup in Peru in 2005. It won't be a new position for him besides he has everything to hold his own in that area. He is our best option.....remember he can also get in very good crosses unlike opare who is just a waste
  • kwasi says:
    June 19, 2014 05:18 am
    It based of people who take money to sale there country. They want to cover up. What l mean is someone give him money to play like that.
  • GHFUO says:
    June 19, 2014 05:40 am
    boye agye ntuaho from fifa/usa to play horrible. he was the x actor in both goals. hmm, how oddd!
  • Jojo says:
    June 19, 2014 07:10 am
    I wonder what FIFA has been smoking?
  • Boro says:
    June 19, 2014 07:40 am
    Now i know, FIFA or whoever came up with this clueless rating simply does not want us to progress in this tournament. They know he is our weakest link and we continuing playing him will make things easy for our opponent. How can he get that kind of rating when all the two goals we conceded were through his negligence.
  • Nimo says:
    June 19, 2014 07:56 am
    Lol truth
  • Dr Who says:
    June 19, 2014 08:02 am
    Boye is also to be blamed for the 2nd goal....the scorer left him to head the ball.