The prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings saw a celebration for Nigerian talent. Victor Osimhen secured a commendable 8th place ahead of the likes of Luka Modric, Mohamed Salah, Robert Lewandowski, while Asisat Oshoala’s remarkable performance placed her at an impressive 20th position, highlighting their enduring impact on the global football stage.
In the world of football, the Ballon d’Or is an accolade that speaks volumes. It’s the dream of every footballer, a testament to their dedication, skill, and hard work. In a surprising turn of events, two rising stars from Nigeria have etched their names into the annals of this prestigious award.
Super Eagles and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has been ranked in 8th position in the 2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or award. Osimhen, known for his incredible scoring prowess, has made an astonishing debut appearance, securing the 8th position in the Ballon d’Or ranking. His journey from the streets of Lagos to the international football stage is nothing short of remarkable. Osimhen becomes the highest ranked Nigerian player in the history of the Ballon d’Or award.
As a child, Osimhen faced numerous challenges, but his passion for the sport never wavered. From local clubs to renowned European teams, his rise has been meteoric. Now, with the 8th position in the Ballon d’Or rankings, Osimhen stands tall, representing not only his country but the hopes and dreams of aspiring footballers worldwide.
On the women’s front, Nigerian Super Falcons star Asisat Oshoala has secured the 20th spot in the Ballon d’Or rankings due to her outstanding performances with Barcelona, where she clinched both the Champions League and the Spanish League. The Barcelona Femeni forward’s journey is a testament to her resilience and determination in the face of adversity. Despite grappling with injuries, the five-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year had a remarkable individual season. She netted 21 goals in the league and added five in the Champions League.
Oshoala’s career hasn’t been without its challenges, but she’s faced them head-on. From her roots in Ikorodu to international stardom, her story is a testament to the unwavering spirit of athletes striving to make their mark on the world stage.
The 2023 Ballon d’Or award, presented by France Football, took place at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France.