Asisat Lamina Oshoala is a Nigerian professional footballer who is best known for her goal-scoring ability. She has recorded so many successes so far in her career. Her exceptional success earned her a place in the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list in 202
Oshoala has been named African Women’s Player of the Year four times. She is one of the most recognized people in the world of sports.
Her biography is full of exciting details you need to learn.
Asisat Oshoala was born in her hometown on 9 October 1994 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. She attended Air Force Primary School in Victoria Island, Lagos for her primary school education and proceeded to Aunty Ayo International School in Ikoyi, Lagos for her secondary school education.
She started playing football in secondary school. Initially, Asisat Oshoala’s parents expressed their resentment at their daughter’s interest in sports as she was born in a Muslim family.
The only person who supported her passion for football was her late grandmother.
The footballer revealed: “I was always into sport and was an athlete at first. I used to run home from school. I then started playing football with my friends and classmates. Mainly boys and that is when I became really interested. I did not think about becoming a professional then, though. I also did not have the support of my parents, who did not want me to play. It was only when they noticed that I was serious that they started supporting me.
Upon graduation from school, she joined FC River Internationals in Lagos and played for the team until 2013 when she started playing for Rivers Angels.
She gained immense popularity after the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. Having scored seven goals, the forward became the tournament’s best player. Her performance significantly improved Nigeria’s position in the overall rating and earned the country a place in the final. Apart from that, her talent was noticed by Edwin Okon (Super Falcons coach.
He later invited her to play for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada as part of the Super Falcons team. He was excited by her ability to play at different positions:
“I could even use her in defence, she is that good, but I use her mainly as a striker”, Edwin revealed.
As for Oshoala, she mentioned that she felt comfortable playing in any position.
“I have no favourite position. The coach often uses me on the wings and I am fine with that. I just love playing, but it makes no difference where”.
In January 2015, she was signed to Liverpool Ladies and became the first African to play in the Women’s Super League.
“That was something special, and I am sure it will give me a lot more experience. I will have a chance to play in the Champions League”.
In October, she contributed to the African Women’s Championship victory as part of the senior Nigeria team. The same year, she was named as the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year and became the first player to get the new award from the BBC World Service.
In March 2016, she joined Arsenal Ladies. A year later, she moved to the professional Chinese football club Dalian Quanjian F.C.
In 2019, she joined FC Barcelona Femeni. As of today, she plays for the Nigerian national team and FC Barcelona Femeni in the Primera Division.
In April 2020, Asisat posted news about her inclusion in the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list.
This news proves that she is quite successful today.
— ASISAT M.O.N (@AsisatOshoala) April 7, 2020
According to infoguideafrica.com, her net worth is estimated at $1.5 million. Football is the primary source of her earnings. Before she moved to the Chinese football club, Dalian Quanjian FC, Asisat Oshoala’s salary was £35k per annum (that is about N17 million), which was not enough for her.
After she joined the Chinese club, the Chairman of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, MFM FC, Godwin Enakhena revealed that she would receive N7 million monthly for one year.
This transfer made it possible for the footballer to accumulate an impressive income. Moreover, in 2018, the media revealed the news about Asisat Oshoala’s house that she bought for her parents.
In 2020, the footballer posted a photo of herself in a pose with an expensive car. Asisat Oshoala car is a Mercedes-Benz CLA 250.
In February 2020, Spain’s top women’s division signed a collective agreement on pay and conditions that guarantees a minimum salary of 16,000 euros for women footballers. This should have an impressive effect on Asisat’s net worth.
Asisat has a daughter, but her father’s identity is unknown. As for her dating history, Asisat was rumoured to be in a relationship with Abu Azeez from Shooting Stars Football Club. Nonetheless, the football star neither confirmed nor denied the rumours.
She is one of the best female footballers of all time. As part of UEFA’s Together #WePlayStrong campaign, launched on 18 August 2020, she describes her journey to success, encouraging thousands of young women and teenage girls to take up the sport.