Victor Osimhen among 12 The Best FIFA 2023 nominees

Victor Osimhen among 12 The Best FIFA 2023 nominees
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Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has added another feather to his cap as he secures a coveted nomination for the prestigious 2023 The Best FIFA Football Award.

FIFA, the global governing body of football, unveiled the list of nominees, and Osimhen's inclusion is a testament to his remarkable achievements during the 2022/23 season.

This recognition serves as a crowning achievement for the 24-year-old Nigerian striker, who has been making waves on the international football scene.

The Best FIFA Football Awards: A glimpse into the prestigious ceremony

The Best FIFA Football Awards is an annual football gala organized and presented by FIFA. Established in 2017, this illustrious event aims to rekindle the spirit of the FIFA World Player Gala, which was once a defining moment in the football calendar.

Held in Zürich, Switzerland, the ceremony celebrates the best in football, recognizing outstanding players, coaches, and teams from around the world.

Victor Osimhen's stellar performance with Napoli

Victor Osimhen celebrates goal during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers
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Victor Osimhen's nomination for The Best FIFA Football Award comes on the heels of his exceptional performance during the 2022/23 season with Italian club Napoli.

Osimhen's campaign with Napoli was nothing short of spectacular, leaving an indelible mark on Serie A and beyond.

During the season, the forward played an instrumental role in guiding Napoli to clinch the coveted Scudetto.

This triumph marked Napoli's return to the pinnacle of Italian football, and Osimhen's contributions were pivotal. His prowess in front of goal earned him the prestigious Capocannoniere title, a feat last achieved by the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2009.

In a groundbreaking achievement, the Super Eagles stricker also etched his name in the annals of football history as the first African Capocannoniere.

His stellar performances in Serie A saw him surpass all other players, establishing himself as the league's leading scorer in one of Europe's most competitive leagues.

A glimpse at Victor Osimhen's statistics

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli  celebrates during the Serie A football match between SSC Napoli and SS Lazio
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The Nigerian's goal-scoring prowess was the stuff of legends during the 2022/23 Serie A season. In 32 league appearances, he found the back of the net an impressive 26 times.

Such a prolific scoring rate is a testament to his clinical finishing and ability to make a difference on the pitch.

Victor Osimhen's honors during the 2022/23 season:

  1. Won the 2022-23 Italian Serie A: Osimhen played an instrumental role in Napoli's Serie A triumph, helping them secure the Scudetto.
  2. 2022-23 Serie A Top Scorer (Capocannoniere): His goal-scoring exploits made him the top scorer in the Italian top-flight league, a remarkable feat for any player.
  3. Named in the 2022-23 Serie A Team of the Season: Osimhen's consistent and outstanding performances earned him a place among the best players in Serie A for the season.

A double delight: Victor Osimhen nominated for the Ballon d'Or

As if being nominated for The Best FIFA Football Award wasn't enough, Victor Osimhen is basking in the glory of another significant recognition.

He recently made the 30-man shortlist for the 2023 Ballon d'Or Men’s Player Award, the most prestigious accolade in the world of football. Osimhen's inclusion in this elite list is a testament to his exceptional talent and contributions to the sport.

What makes the Super Eagle The Best nomination even more remarkable is that he is the sole African player on the shortlist.

This speaks volumes about his status as one of the continent's most outstanding football talents. It's a moment of immense pride not only for Osimhen but also for Nigeria and the entire African football community.

How to vote for Victor Osimhen?

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring
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As the nominations for The Best FIFA Football Award unfold, fans have the opportunity to make their voices heard and support their favorite players.

If you're a fan of Victor Osimhen and believe he deserves this prestigious recognition, you can cast your vote for him on the official FIFA website.

Your vote can make a difference in securing this coveted award for the Nigerian striker.

The Best FIFA Nominees 12 candidates shortlist

  • Julian Alvarez – Argentine
  • Marcelo Brozovic – Croatia
  • Kevin De Bruyne – Belgium
  • Ilkay Gundogan – Germany
  • Erling Haaland – Norway
  • Rodri – Spain
  • Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – Georgia
  • Kylian Mbappe – France
  • Lionel Messi – Argentine
  • Victor Osimhen – Nigeria
  • Declan Rice – England
  • Bernardo Silva – Portugal

Victor Osimhen's nomination for The Best FIFA Football Award and the Ballon d'Or is a testament to his remarkable journey and contributions to the world of football.

His story serves as an inspiration to aspiring footballers in Nigeria, Africa, and around the world, showcasing the limitless possibilities that can be achieved through talent, hard work, and determination.

As we await the results of these awards, one thing is certain: Victor Osimhen's star continues to rise in the world of football, and the best may still be yet to come for this gifted Nigerian striker.

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old football journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. The Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBallLive readers.