Ballon d’Or 2023: Asisat Oshoala can be proud of final ranking

Ballon d’Or 2023: Asisat Oshoala can be proud of final ranking
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Nigeria women's national football team striker Asisat Oshoala has been named the 20th best women's player for the 2022/23 season by France Football, the organisers of the prestigious Ballon d'Or awards ceremony.

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Oshoala alongside Victor Osimhen made history for Nigeria when both were nominated for the award to make the West African nation the first on the continent to present a male and a female nominee.

Asisat Oshoala's finish pales in comparison to Osimhen's but the Super Falcons ace can hold her head high for the achievement which seals her status as the best women's footballer Africa has produced.

Asisat Oshoala Ballon d'Or finish: The journey to greatness

The world recognised two treble winners in 2022/23 season: Manchester City men's team and Asisat Oshoala and her FC Barcelona Femeni team.

The achievements of the Barcelona women – who were recognised as the best women's club of 2023 at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony – were a big feather in the cap of Barcelona, who are one of the world's most successful football institutions.

The whole team played brilliantly and it is difficult to point out an exceptional player without sparking an argument. Oshoala, however, still managed to stand out from the crowd.

Since joining the reigning Liga F champions in 2019, Oshoala has finished as their top scorer in all competitions in three of the four years she has been at the club. It is an amazing feat considering that she plays the role of a super sub in a team filled with amazing players like two-time Women's Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas.

However, she made history by scoring the most goals in all competitions for the Blaugrana to help them clinch the UEFA Women's Champions League, Liga F and the Copa de la Reina titles. She also achieved the one thing that had eluded her since she started topping the Barcelona Femeni scoring charts: the league top scorer award.

It was an amazing season for the former Robo Queens striker, which earned her a place on the women's Ballon d'Or nominees list.

Here is the full list of the women's Ballon d'Or rankings including Asisat Oshoala.

Rank Player Club Nationality
1 Aitana Bonmati Barcelona Spain
2 Sam Kerr Chelsea Australia
3 Salma Paralluelo Barcelona Spain
4 Fridolina Rolfo Barcelona Sweden
5 Mary Earps Manchester United England
6 Olga Carmona Real Madrid Spain
7 Alexandra Popp VfL Wolfsburg Germany
8 Patricia Guijarro Barcelona Spain
9 Linda Caicedo Real Madrid Colombia
10 Rachel Daly Aston Villa England
11 Millie Bright Chelsea England
12 Hinata Miyazawa Manchester United Japan
13 Lena Oberdorf VfL Wolfsburg Germany
14 Kadidiatou Diani Paris Saint-Germain France
15 Amanda Ilestedt Arsenal Sweden
16 Mapi Leon Barcelona Spain
17 Hayley Raso Real Madrid Australia
18 Ewa Pajor VfL Wolfsburg Poland
19 Guro Reiten Chelsea Norway
20 Asisat Oshoala Barcelona Nigeria
21 Alba Redondo Levante Spain
22 Katie McCabe Arsenal Ireland
23 Georgia Stanway Bayern Munich England
24 Khadija Shaw Manchester City Jamaica
25 Sophia Smith Portland Thorns USA
26 Wendie Renard Olympique Lyonnais France
27 Yui Hasegawa Manchester City Japan
28 Debinha Kansas City Brazil
29 Jill Roord Manchester City Netherlands
29 Daphne Van Domselaar Aston Villa Netherlands

Asisat Oshoala Ballon d'Or final ranking: Goalball Live assessment

Asisat Oshoala finishing in 20th is no surprise. While it can be argued that she deserves a higher finish thanks to her efforts in Barcelona Femeni's treble-winning season, any insistence on a better finish for her could devolve into the debtors not being taken seriously.

However, Goalball Live would like to insist that she could have finished higher as her fellow Barcelona Femeni nominees finished above her despite not having close to her numbers in their amazing season.

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

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