Afrobeat Superstar Davido Reacts to Asisat Oshoala, Victor Osimhen’s Ballon d’Or Nominations

Afrobeat Superstar Davido Reacts to Asisat Oshoala, Victor Osimhen’s Ballon d’Or Nominations

Raphael Abiola
updated at September 7, 2023 at 11:30 AM
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  • Asisat Oshoala and Victor Osimhen were nominated for the 2023 Ballon d'Or
  • Music sensation Davido has hailed the Nigerian stars for their achievements
  • Oshoala and Osimhen will be up against top players for the prestigious award

Afrobeat superstar, David Adeleke - who uses the stage name Davido - has reacted to the 2023 Ballon d'Or nominations of his compatriots, Asisat Oshoala and Victor Osimhen.

30 players were announced as nominees for the prestigious award on September 6, with Super Falcons forward, Oshoala featuring in the women's category.

Super Eagles striker, Osimhen was also rewarded for his performance last season by making the list of nominees for the men's category alongside Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, and others.

Victor Osimhen and Asisat Oshoala have been nominated for the 2023 Ballon d'Or. Photo: @ballondor
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Davido took to his official page on X by posting pics of Oshoala and Osimhen as well as the Nigerian flag emoji, to celebrate both players' nominations for football's most prestigious individual prize.

Oshoala had a stellar season with Barcelona Femeni last campaign.

She played a major role in her club's triumph in both the Spanish Women's League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Osimhen, meanwhile, powered Napoli to the Serie A title, ending a 33-year wait. He scored 26 goals in 32 appearances in the league to also clinch the Capocannoniere award.

The Super Eagles striker also scored five goals in Napoli's UEFA Champions League campaign, which saw them reach the quarter-finals for the first time in the club's history.

Messi, Haaland lead Ballon d'Or nominees

Sports Brief also reported on Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland being favourites for this year's men's Ballon d'Or, while Spain's World Cup star, Aitana Bonmati leads the female nominees.

Messi, who recently left Paris Saint-Germain for Inter Miami, is in with a chance of succeeding Karim Benzema for his eighth award after leading Argentina to FIFA World Cup glory last year.

Haaland may be his main rival for the coveted prize after scoring 52 goals in 53 games to help Manchester City win the UEFA Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup treble last term.

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.