She is a five time winner of the Women Africa Footballer of the Year award. The Super Falcons and Barcelona star Asisat Oshoala, is arguably the most decorated Nigerian female footballer in history.
Below are some quick facts about Asisat Oshoala.
• Her full name is Asisat Lamina Oshoala and she was born on 9 October 1994.
• She was raised in the suburbs of Ikorodu, Lagos state.
• She started her football career at FC Robo, a local club based in Mushin, Lagos. She was at the club from 2009 to 2013 before she joined Rivers Angels.
• Her parents didn’t approve of her decision to play football, but she went against her parents’ wishes by quitting plans to study law and concentrating on her football career.
• She was nicknamed “Seedorf” after retired Dutch footballer Clarence Seedorf and also “Super Zee” by her teammates.
• She is the most decorated African female footballer of all time, and a record five time African Women’s Footballer of the Year (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2022).
• In January 2015, she joined Liverpool Ladies and became the first African female footballer to play in the Women’s Super League.
• In 2019, she became the first African to score in a UEFA Women’s Champions League final- in the game between Barcelona and Lyon.
• On 16 May 2021, she became the first African woman to win the UEFA Champions League, after Barcelona defeated Chelsea 4–0 in the final.
• She was the highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and was named best player at the tournament.
• She emerged best player and second top scorer with the Super Falcons team who won the 2014 African Women’s Championship. She also won the African Women’s Championship with the Super Falcons in 2016 and 2018, emerging top scorer in 2016.
• In September 2014, she was made a Member of the Order of the Niger by President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan.
• She founded the Asisat Oshoala Foundation to help and inspire young girls who had passion for football, but were faced with challenges.
• In 2015, aged 20, she was named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.
• In April 2020, she was named in Forbes Africa’s ’30 Under 30″ list.
•Before joining Barcelona, she previously played for English clubs Arsenal and Liverpool, Chinese club Dailan, and Nigerian clubs Rivers Angels and FC Robo.
• She has won the Primera División with Barcelona thrice (2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22), emerging the competition’s top scorer in 2021-22.
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