In a thrilling moment for Nigerian football fans, Barcelona and Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala has been nominated for the prestigious 2023 Ballon d’Or award. The announcement of Oshoala’s nomination was made by France Football, the organizer of the esteemed event, on their official Twitter handle.
Oshoala’s recognition comes in the form of a nomination for the Socrates Award category of the Ballon d’Or. This particular category acknowledges the best solidarity actions undertaken by committee champions. She is one of five individuals shortlisted for the award, which was created last year and named in honor of the late Brazilian football legend, Socrates.
Joining Oshoala on the coveted shortlist are Vinicius (Brazil/Real Madrid), Antonio Rudiger (Germany/Real Madrid), Marcus Rashford (England/Manchester United), and Alex Morgan (USA/San Diego Wave). Each of these players has left an indelible mark on the footballing world through their exceptional displays of solidarity and humanitarian efforts.
The nomination serves as a testament to Oshoala’s remarkable achievements on and off the field. Known for her electrifying pace, clinical finishing, and dedication to the game, the Nigerian star has earned plaudits globally for her exceptional skills and contributions to the sport. Her journey from humble beginnings to becoming one of the world’s best female footballers has inspired countless aspiring athletes.
Oshoala’s impact stretches far beyond her performances on the pitch. She has been actively involved in numerous philanthropic initiatives, using her platform to create positive change and uplift communities. From providing support for underprivileged children to advocating for gender equality in sports, Oshoala has become a beacon of hope for many.
While the Socrates Award nomination is a tremendous accomplishment for Oshoala, football enthusiasts eagerly await the unveiling of the nominees in other categories for the Ballon d’Or awards. The categories for men, women, Yachine Trophy, and Kopa Trophy will be revealed on September 6, building anticipation and speculation among fans worldwide.
As the footballing world eagerly awaits the announcement of the remaining nominees, Asisat Oshoala’s presence among the candidates for the 2023 Ballon d’Or award stands as a testament to her exceptional talent, dedication, and commitment to making a difference. Her journey is an inspiration not only for aspiring footballers but for individuals striving to create positive change within society.
Source: The Guardian
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