World Best: Asisat Oshoala Ranked 20th in 2023 Ballon d’Or

by Joseph Omoniyi
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Nigerian Super Falcons star Asisat Oshoala has reached the 20th position in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings, cementing her status as one of the sport’s brightest stars. Oshoala’s incredible year has seen her not only excel at the club level with Barcelona but also play a crucial role in Nigeria’s impressive FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign.

Oshoala’s 20th spot in the Ballon d’Or rankings was a result of her contribution to Barcelona’s monumental successes in the Champions League and the Spanish League, earning her a well-deserved spot among the world’s top footballers.

The Nigerian striker was a linchpin in the Super Falcons squad that captivated the football world with their remarkable performance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand. Their journey through the tournament was marked by incredible team spirit, determination, and an unbeaten record in regular play, which took them to the Round of 16.

This year’s nomination for the Ballon d’Or marks Oshoala’s second consecutive recognition. It underscores not only her consistent excellence but also her impact on the global stage of women’s football.

In addition to her invaluable contributions to her club and national team, Oshoala achieved a spectacular individual season. Despite grappling with injuries, she demonstrated her goal-scoring prowess by netting an impressive 21 goals in the league and adding five more in the Champions League.

Oshoala shares the Ballon d’Or rankings with several of her Barcelona teammates who were instrumental in the club’s remarkable success, including Mapi Leon, Patri Guijaro, Fridolina Rolfo, Salma Paralluelo. The ultimate winner of the Ballon d’Or, Aitana Bonmati, further solidified Barcelona’s dominance in the world of women’s football.

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