Pelé may have wrongly predicted an African nation would win a FIFA World Cup by 2000 but he wasn't wrong in foreshadowing the growth of African football.
Omam-Biyik's bundled goal against then-reigning World Cup champions Argentina.
Papa Bouba Diop sending Fabien Barthez, his then-reigning World Cup champion teammates and the entire French nation into a state of melancholy.
Ghana's fairy tale run in South Africa.
All this points to one conclusion—African football is on the rise.
Here are the top 20 African footballers of 2011.