Nigeria forward and Liverpool ladies FC striker Asisat Oshoala has become the first woman ever to win the BBC women’s footballer of the year award.
The award voted for by members of the public worldwide saw the 20-year-old beat off competition from the likes of Veronica Boquete (Spain), Nadine Kessler (Germany), Kim Little (Scotland) and Marta (Brazil) to take home the trophy.
The win rounds up a fantastic year for the Ikorodu born striker who also won the golden boot and golden balls award at last year’s U-20 women’s tournament. Her stellar performance also helped the Nigerian women’s national team qualify for the upcoming World Cup in Canada next month.
Asisat became the first African female to sign to the UK women’s league after she signed with Liverpool Ladies in January this year. Oshoala said of her win, “I am extremely proud to have won this award as it is a real honour for both myself and my family.
“Just to be nominated against such world-class players was a real privilege, but to have won the award is absolutely fantastic.
“Last year was an incredible year as I managed to help Nigeria U20s get to the U20 World Cup final, as well as being named African Women’s Footballer of the Year, so this award tops off a great year.
“I would like to thank everyone that voted for me, with a special mention to my supporters in Nigeria, including my previous club River Angels and my current club, Liverpool Ladies.”