Super Eagles striker Osimhen nominated for Ballon d'Or alongside Saka, Salah, Onana, 26 others 

Published: September 06, 2023
Super Eagles striker Osimhen nominated for Ballon d'Or alongside Saka, Salah, Onana, 26 others 

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has been named in the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.


The Napoli number 9 joins Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, Arsenal star Bukayo SakaManchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana and 26 other stars on the shortlist.


The favorites to win the award include Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Vinicius Junior, Kevin De Bruyne, Kylian Mbappe and Rodri. 


Osimhen's nomination comes as no surprise as he played a vital role in Napoli ending their 33-year wait for the Scudetto last season by recording 26 league goals.


He ended the season as the top scorer which earned him the  Paolo Rossi Award in the process and also bagged the Serie A best striker.


He also broke the record for the most goals scored by an African in the Italian top flight and the most goals scored by an African player in Serie A history.


The Ballon d'Or nominees were decided by votes of football journalists and the winner for this year will be announced on October 30.


Full list of Ballon d'Or nominees

André Onana - Manchester United/Cameroon
Josko Gvardiol - Manchester City/Croatia
Karim Benzema - Al Ittihad
Jamal Musiala - Bayern Munich/Germany
Mohamed Salah - Liverpool/Egypt
Jude Bellingham - Real Madrid/England
Bukayo Saka - Arsenal/England
Randal Kolo Muani - Paris Saint-Germain/France
Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City/Belgium
Bernardo Silva - Manchester City/Portugal
Emiliano Martínez - Aston Villa/Argentina
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia - Napoli/Georgia
Rúben Dias - Manchester City/Portugal
Nicolo Barella - Inter Milan/Italy
Erling Haaland - Manchester City/Norway
Yassine Bounou - Al Hilal/Morocco
Martin Ødegaard - Arsenal/Norway
Julián Álvarez - Manchester City/Argentina
Ilkay Gündogan - Barcelona/Germany
Vinícius Júnior - Real Madrid/Brazil
Lionel Messi - Inter Miami/Argentina
Rodri - Manchester City/Spain
Lautaro Martínez - Inter Milan/Argentina
Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid/France
Robert Lewandowski - Barcelona/Poland
Kylian Mbappé - Paris Saint-Germain/France
Kim Min-jae - Napoli/South Korea
Victor Osimhen - Napoli/Nigeria
Luka Modric - Real Madrid/Croatia
Harry Kane - Bayern Munich/England



Abdulkareem Abdulhamid




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