Nigerian star, Oshoala scores, makes ESPN Top 50 Best Players list




Asisat Oshoala

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau

On a day she scored FC Barcelona’s 100th goal in the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) during their 3-0 win over English side, Manchester City in the quarter-final first-leg tie played in Barcelona on Wednesday, star, Asisat Oshoala also made the list of ESPN’s world Top 50 players.

Oshoala who scored the first goal for Barcelona in the 35th minute off Mariona Caldentey assist, is the No. 27 in the list of world best women’s footballer as compiled by the authoritative United States (US) outfit, ESPN.

According to ESPN, “Oshoala is probably Africa’s most accomplished female footballer, having won the Women’s Player of the Year award four times, the latest in 2019.

“That was the year she signed with Barcelona, where she’s since won four titles and a UEFA Women’s Champions League runners-up medal. Oshoala is exceedingly accurate inside the penalty area and is always the teammate you want taking the final touch. Oshoala has continued to impress for the Catalan giants, averaging a goal per game since arriving in Spain, and now that Nigeria have reiterated their status as the premier women’s side on the continent, Oshoala is undeniably their premier player”, says Lindsay du Plessis of ESPN who wrote her profile.

Meanwhile, the U.S. women players featured heavily on the first-ever ESPN FC Women’s Ranking, though there’s tough competition all over the globe for top honors in the ESPN compilation.

While 2020 might have thrown everything it could in the way of women’s soccer, leagues and clubs fought to get players back on the pitch and give us enthralling matches while we were all stuck at home. In 2021, global excitement around the game is at an all-time high.

The National Women’s Soccer League in the U.S. is on the cusp of returning in all its glory — beginning on April 9 — while in Europe, there are some nail-biting league races as well as big ties ahead in the latter stages of the year.

According to a statement from ESPN, “some of the stars on the list played full season in 2020, while others are just getting back into the swing of things after leagues were suspended. It was important to our panel that individual achievement and talent were recognized outside of winning cups and trophies.

Below are the inaugural Top 50 women’s players rank. They are:

  1. Sam Mewis
    Club/country: Manchester City/United States
    Age: 28
    Position: Midfielder
  2. Sam Kerr
    Club/country: /Australia
    Age: 27
    Position: Forward
  3. Vivianne Miedema
    Club/country: /Netherlands
    Age: 24
    Position: Forward
  4. Pernille Harder
    Club/country: /Denmark
    Age: 28
    Position: Forward
  5. Lucy Bronze
    Club/country: Manchester City/England
    Age: 29
    Position: Defender
  6. Crystal Dunn
    Club/country: Portland Thorns/United States
    Age: 28
    Position: Defender
  7. Dzsenifer Marozsan
    Club/country: Lyon/Germany
    Age: 28
    Position: Midfielder
  8. Julie Ertz
    Club/country: Chicago Red Stars/United States
    Age: 28
    Position: Midfielder
  9. Caroline Graham Hansen
    Club/country: Barcelona/Norway
    Age: 26
    Position: Midfielder
  10. Debinha
    Club/country: North Carolina Courage/Brazil
    Age: 29
    Position: Forward
  11. Wendie Renard
    Club/country: Lyon/France
    Age: 30
    Position: Defender
  12. Fran Kirby
    Club/country: /England
    Age: 27
    Position: Forward
  13. Tobin Heath
    Club/country: Manchester United/United States
    Age: 32
    Position: Midfielder
  14. Saki Kumagai
    Club/country: Lyon/Japan
    Age: 30
    Position: Midfielder
  15. Rose Lavelle
    Club/country: Manchester City/United States
    Age: 25
    Position: Midfielder
  16. Amandine Henry
    Club/country: Lyon/France
    Age: 31
    Position: Midfielder
  17. Jennifer Hermoso
    Club/country: Barcelona/Spain
    Age: 30
    Position: Forward
  18. Ji So-Yun
    Club/country: Chelsea/South Korea
    Age: 30
    Position: Midfielder
  19. Marie-Antoinette Katoto
    Club/country: Paris Saint-Germain/France
    Age: 22
    Position: Forward
  20. Eugenie Le Sommer
    Club/country: Lyon/France
    Age: 31
    Position: Forward
  21. Delphine Cascarino
    Club/country: Lyon/France
    Age: 24
    Position: Midfielder
  22. Alexia Putellas
    Club/country: Barcelona/Spain
    Age: 27
    Position: Midfielder
  23. Lindsey Horan
    Club/country: Portland Thorns/United States
    Age: 26
    Position: Midfielder
  24. Alex Popp
    Club/country: Wolfsburg/Germany
    Age: 29
    Position: Forward
  25. Caroline Weir
    Club/country: Manchester City/Scotland
    Age: 25
    Position: Midfielder
  26. Christen Press
    Club/country: Manchester United/United States
    Age: 32
    Position: Forward
  27. Asisat Oshoala
    Club/country: Barcelona/Nigeria
    Age: 26
    Position: Forward
  28. Lieke Martens
    Club/country: Barcelona/Netherlands
    Age: 28
    Position: Forward
  29. Abby Dahlkemper
    Club/country: Manchester City/United States
    Age: 27
    Position: Defender
  30. Christiane Endler
    Club/country: Paris Saint-Germain/Chile
    Age: 29
    Position: Goalkeeper
  31. Khadija Shaw
    Club/country: Bordeaux/Jamaica
    Age: 24
    Position: Forward
  32. Amel Majri
    Club/country: Lyon/France
    Age: 28
    Position: Midfielder
  33. Kadeisha Buchanan
    Club/country: Lyon/Canada
    Age: 25
    Position: Defender
  34. Magdalena Eriksson
    Club/country: Chelsea/Sweden
    Age: 27
    Position: Defender
  35. Marta
    Club/country: Orlando Pride/Brazil
    Age: 35
    Position: Forward
  36. Kadidiatou Diani
    Club/country: Paris Saint-Germain/France
    Age: 25
    Position: Forward
  37. Melanie Leupolz
    Club/country: Chelsea/Germany
    Age: 26
    Position: Midfielder
  38. Alex Morgan
    Club/country: Orlando Pride/United States
    Age: 31
    Position: Forward
  39. Kim Little
    Club/country: /Scotland
    Age: 30
    Position: Midfielder
  40. Megan Rapinoe
    Club/country: OL Reign/United States
    Age: 35
    Position: Forward
  41. Cristiana Girelli
    Club/country: Juventus/
    Age: 30
    Position: Forward
  42. Beth England
    Club/country: Chelsea/England
    Age: 26
    Position: Forward
  43. Ewa Pajor
    Club/country: Wolfsburg/Poland
    Age: 24
    Position: Forward
  44. Lena Goessling
    Club/country: Wolfsburg/Germany
    Age: 35
    Position: Midfielder
  45. Becky Sauerbrunn
    Club/country: Portland Thorns/United States
    Age: 35
    Position: Defender
  46. Steph Houghton
    Club/country: Manchester City/England
    Age: 32
    Position: Defender
  47. Kosovare Asllani
    Club/country: Real Madrid/Sweden
    Age: 31
    Position: Forward
  48. Danielle van de Donk
    Club/country: /Netherlands
    Age: 29
    Position: Midfielder
  49. Jackie Groenen
    Club/country: Manchester United/Netherlands
    Age: 26
    Position: Midfielder
  50. Ellen White
    Club/country: Manchester City/England
    Age: 31
    Position: Forward

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