CIES: Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi Best Fullback in European Leagues
By The Atlas Lions, Dec 5 2018 01:37PM
By Morocco World News
It has been a good season for Moroccan rising star Achraf Hakimi. Hakimi topped CIES’ list as the best fullback in the European leagues this season.
Rabat – The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) has ranked Borussia Dortmund’s star Achraf Hakimi as the top fullback in the European leagues in the last three months.
With a score of 85.3, Hakimi outperformed several internationally renowned fullbacks, including Brazilian Juventus star Alex Sandro, who was ranked second with a score of 84.5.
Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich came third with a score of 83.9, while Joao Cancelo of Juventus was fourth with a score of 82.9.
Dortmund signed a 2-year loan for the Atlas Lion with Real Madrid in July.
The 20-year-old football player made his official debut at the Santiago Bernabeu in October 2017. He has since become one of Morocco’s key players and proved his worth alongside the Atlas Lions during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Dortmund is highly satisfied with Hakimi’s performance this season in the Bundesliga.
The managing director of the German football club, Hans-Joachim Watzke, announced Dortmund’s intention to convert Hakim’s loan contract to a permanent agreement after convincing Real Madrid.
After securing a deal with Paco Alcacer, who had been playing for Dortmund on loan from Barcelona, Watke said as Sport reported, “Dear Paco Alcacer, welcome to Borussia Dortmund … We hope to do the same thing with Achraf Hakimi, but it will not be easy.”
In February, CIES Football Observatory ranked the international footballer among Europe’s “50 most promising under-20 footballers.”