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Nigerian Players Who Have Been Nominated For Ballon D'or by robosky02(m): 11:14am On Oct 18, 2022
Nigerian players who have been nominated for Ballon d'Or

Asisat Oshoala may be the only Nigerian player on this year's Ballon d'Or nominees list, but she is not the first ever to have been nominated.


This year's Ballon d'Or nominees list features just one Nigerian player, Asisat Oshoala. She is among the 19 players nominated in the Women's category, following an incredible year with her football club, Barcelona.



The 27-year-old finished the season as the joint top scorer in the Spanish Primera division with 19 goals, helping Barcelona retain their league title.

As a result of her excellent form, she was rewarded with a nomination for the Ballon d'Or. Oshoala is the first African female player to earn the nomination and the only Nigerian, male or female, nominated.


However, while Oshoala is the only Nigerian star to bag a nomination this year, she is not the first. Pulse Sports look at Nigerian players with a Ballon d'Or nomination.

1. Finidi George-1995
In 1995, Finidi George was one of the three Super Eagles nominated for the Ballon d'Or, but the former Real Betis finished highest in the final rankings.

Finidi was part of the all-conquering Ajax squad that ruled Europe in 1995, and that helped him get a Ballon d'Or nomination the same year.



The ex-Nigerian international finished in the 21st spot in the final rankings with just six votes. Ironically, 1995 was also the year George Weah won it. Weah remains the only African to win the award to date.

2. Austin Jay-Jay Okocha (1995)
The same year, one of Nigeria's most talented players, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, was also nominated for the Ballon d'Or, but he did not receive any vote.

3. Daniel Amokachi (1995)
Daniel Amkoachi also earned a nomination following his heroics for Everton.

Daniel Amokachi was also nominated for the Ballon d'or in 1995
Daniel Amokachi was also nominated for the Ballon d'or in 1995 Pulse Nigeria

The former Super Eagles assistant coach helped the Toffees to win the FA Cup that year, scoring a brace in the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.

4. Nwankwo Kanu (1996, 1999)
After Finidi, Okocha and Amokachi's nominations, Nwankwo Kanu followed suit the following year. The former Arsenal star was also part of the Ajax squad that won the Champions League in 1995, but he only bagged a Ballon d'Or nomination a year later.


Kanu was fully in his bag in 1996, leading Nigeria to gold in the men's football competition at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

He scored twice in the semi-final against a star-studded Brazil team. Kanu finished 14th in the final Ballon d'Or rankings that year, with 11 votes, the highest-ever position for a Nigerian player in Ballon d'Or history[b][/b]


5. Victor Ikpeba (1997)
Victor Ikpeba, aka the Prince of Monaco, is another Nigerian star with a Ballon d'Or nomination. The former Borussia Dortmund was nominated in 1997 following an excellent season with Monaco.

Victor Ikpeba earned a Ballon d'Or nominaton in 1997 (IMAGO/Magic)
Victor Ikpeba earned a Ballon d'Or nominaton in 1997 (IMAGO/Magic) AFP
Ikpeba scored 13 league goals in the 1996/1997 Ligue 1 season and another seven in the UEFA Cup, now the Europa League. The ex-Super took it a level higher the next season, scoring 16 league goals and four in the Champions League.

However, Ikepba only finished 32nd in the Ballon d'Or rankings with two votes.

6. Sunday Oliseh (1998)
Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh also earned a Ballon d'Or nomination in 1998. The Nigerian international was rewarded for his performances for Ajax in the Eredivisie.

Sunday Oliseh powers home from range against Spain at the 1998 World Cup (IMAGO/Norbert Schmidt)
Sunday Oliseh powers home from range against Spain at the 1998 World Cup (IMAGO/Norbert Schmidt) Pulse Nigeria

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Re: Nigerian Players Who Have Been Nominated For Ballon D'or by robosky02(m): 11:20am On Oct 18, 2022
These guys were just hight up there

They can stand tall anywhere the greats stand in football


Who do you thing will be the next balon dor nominee from Nigeria?

Osimhen or ndidi?

Re: Nigerian Players Who Have Been Nominated For Ballon D'or by forgiveness: 12:51pm On Oct 18, 2022
So, Kanu didn't finish sixth as someone clained
Re: Nigerian Players Who Have Been Nominated For Ballon D'or by robosky02(m): 1:58pm On Oct 19, 2022
forgiveness:
So, Kanu didn't finish sixth as someone clained


At keaset he was counted
Re: Nigerian Players Who Have Been Nominated For Ballon D'or by TossTos: 12:15am On Oct 23, 2022
Such Great Footballers
But Nigerian Never Value Them .
0 , 2, 4, 6, 16 votes , only kanu could get 16.
But If It's Likes of Carlos , Weah , Ronaldo Etc . We dey vote them . I pray Assisat see votes either win or not ,racism or not .

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