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Nigerian players, Victor Osimhen, Asisat Oshoala shine at 2023 Ballon d’Or

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Nigerian players, Victor Osimhen, Asisat Oshoala shine at 2023 Ballon d’Or

Nigerian footballers, Victor Osimhen and Asisat Oshoala, have achieved significant milestones for their country at the 2023 Ballon d’Or awards.

Osimhen secured the highest-ever ranking for a Nigerian player, finishing in 8th place. Meanwhile, Oshoala made history as the first African woman to be ranked at the awards, finishing in 20th place.

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The Super Falcons official handle congratulated Oshoala on this remarkable accomplishment, hailing her as a talented footballer who deserved the recognition.

The 20th place ranking was celebrated as a significant achievement for Africa.

In addition to Osimhen and Oshoala, Afrobeats star Rema also left a lasting impression at the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris.

His captivating performance of the chart-topping track, “Calm Down,” made him the first-ever Afrobeats artist to perform at the prestigious awards.

The highly-anticipated Ballon d’Or prize was ultimately awarded to Argentine captain Lionel Messi, who faced tough competition from Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

Haaland led Manchester City to a treble last season, while Mbappe played a crucial role in leading France to a second consecutive World Cup final, narrowly losing to Messi and Argentina in a penalty shootout.

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