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2023 Ballon d’Or: Victor Osimhen ranked 8th best player



In a sensational night in Paris, France, Nigerian football sensation Victor Osimhen has etched his name in the annals of football history, claiming the 8th spot in the prestigious 2023 Ballon d’Or awards.

Osimhen’s electrifying ascent makes him the very first Nigerian to crack the top ten in this revered accolade.

The Napoli forward’s meteoric rise began when he secured a coveted nomination for the Ballon d’Or, but he didn’t stop there. With relentless determination and a sublime performance, Osimhen propelled himself into the exclusive club of the world’s top ten footballers.

Osimhen’s impressive form for Napoli played a pivotal role in their triumphant Serie A title win, ending a 33-year drought.

As if that weren’t enough, he clinched the coveted Pichichi, the highest goal-scorer prize, during the previous season, proving to be the driving force behind Napoli’s league conquest.

The 24-year-old sensation’s goal-scoring prowess was nothing short of awe-inspiring, notching an astounding 26 goals and etching his name in history as the first African to claim this esteemed prize.

Osimhen’s triumph was the crowning achievement of the night for the continent, firmly establishing him as Africa’s football flagbearer. Even Liverpool’s Egyptian dynamo, Mohamed Salah, who had the world at his feet, could only manage an eleventh-place ranking, as Osimhen’s star continues to ascend to unprecedented heights.

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