Super Falcons star and reigning CAF Women’s Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala has been nominated for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or in recognition of her stellar contribution for club and country. The 27-year-old striker becomes the first African to receive a nomination for the award.
On Friday, August 12 2022, France football organizers of the Ballon d’Or Award released the nominees in all categories ahead of the ceremony.
Oshoala enjoyed an impressive campaign with FC Barcelona Femeni, claiming the Pichichi in Liga Iberdrola despite missing close to half of the season through injury. The Nigerian star helped her club to win the league and Copa De La Reina double in Spain but could not save her side from losing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final against Olympique Lyonnais.
After an amazing season with Barcelona Femeni, Oshoala is nominated among the best 20 women football players in the world.
Oshoala was crowned Player of the Year last month by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
It was the fifth time Oshoala would be crowned the best player on the continent by the African football governing body.
Oshoala scored 20 goals for Barcelona Femeni as they won the Primera División de la Liga de Fútbol Femenino in Spain.
After wining the the Pichichi award as top scorer in Spain, Oshoala played a limited role as the Super Falcons of Nigeria at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.
Oshoala has been rewarded with a Ballon d’Or nomination for an amazing year as will battled teammates Alexia Putellas, Fridolina Rolfo, Lucy Bronze and Aitana Bonmati for the award.
Here are the nominees for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or…
🇫🇷 Selma Bacha (Olympique Lyonnais)
🇸🇪 Fridolina Rolfö (FC Barcelona)
🇳🇱 Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal)
🏴 Lucy Bronze (FC Barcelona)
🇦🇺 Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
🇨🇱 Christiane Endler (Olympique Lyonnais)
🇩🇪 Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg)
🇫🇷 Kadidiatou Diani (Paris Saint-Germain)
🇺🇸 Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais)
🇪🇸 Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona)
🇩🇪 Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg)
🇪🇸 Aitana Bonmatí (FC Barcelona)
🇫🇷 Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais)
🇺🇸 Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave)
🏴 Beth Mead (Arsenal)
🇳🇬 Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona)
🇫🇷 Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris Saint-Germain)
🏴 Millie Bright (Chelsea)
🇺🇸 Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit)
🇳🇴 Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyonnais)