Egyptian football legends Mahmoud El-Khatib, popularly known as ‘Bibo’, and Mohamed Aboutrika have been listed among 48 football legends by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
The two Al-Ahly superstars, Bibo and Aboutrika, were ranked 18th and 19th respectively.
The list by the IFFHS, an organization that chronicles the history and records of association football and is supported by FIFA, is the first phase of football legends and also included Brazilian forward players Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (PELE) and Ronaldo Luis Nazario De Lima (Ronaldo), British footballer David Beckham, the Argentinian Diego Armando Maradona Franco (Maradona), and France’s Zinedine Yazid Zidane (Zizou).
Bibo, who was born in 1954 and was previously named the second best African Footballer in the last 50 years by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), scored 108 goals for Al-Ahly SC in the Egyptian league and is known as one of the best, if not the best, Egyptian footballer.
In 2012, FIFA described Bibo as a “great ambassador” for football and a “national idol.” The Egyptian legend received just two yellow cards during his 17-year career and received in 1983 the African Footballer of the Year award.
Meanwhile, 37-year-old Aboutrika, whose name continues to make headlines across the country despite his retirement, previously won the most CAF Africa Based Player of the Year Awards and has scored 100 goals for Egypt’s national team between 2001 and 2013.