Asisat Oshoala was born Asisat Lamina Oshoala on October 9th, 1994. She is a professional football player who plays as a striker for both Spanish side FC Barcelona Femení in the Primera División as well as the Nigerian national team which she captains.
She is a 4-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year winner, and was named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2015.
ASISAT OSHOALA: CAREER
Asisat Oshoala previously played for English clubs Arsenal nd Liverpool, Chinese club Dailan and Nigerian clubs Rivers Angels and FC Robo.
She won the 2015 FA Women’s Cup with Arsenal; two league championships and a cup title with Dalian; as well as the 2019/20 Copa de la Reina and 2019/20 Supercopa de Espana Femenina with Barcelona.
Asisat Oshoala was the first African (and Nigerian) player to score a goal in a UEFA Women’s Champions League final and has helped Barcelona reach the semi-finals three consecutive years, and one final. On 16 May 2021, Asisat Oshoala became the first African woman to win the UEFA Champions League, after Barcelona defeated Chelsea 4–0 in the finals.
Oshoala was the highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and was named best player at the tournament. She was also named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falcons who won the 2014 African Women’s Championship.
In September 2014, Oshoala was made a Member of the Order of the Niger by then President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan and in 2021, she was named to Forbes 30 Under 30.
Asisat Oshoala was named the EaglesTracker Nigeria Women’s Most Valuable Player of the Season in 2020/2021.
Asisat Oshoala found success as a forward for Nigeria’s youth teams but made most of her early appearances for the senior national team as an attacking midfielder. She was nicknamed “Seedorf” after male footballer Clarence Seedorf and has also been referred to as “Superzee” by her teammates.
Asisat Oshoala was named best player at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and was the top goalscorer at the tournament with seven goals. She was also named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falcons team who won the 2014 African Women’s Championship.
On 8 June 2015, Oshoala scored her first 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup goal when she scored the team’s second goal in a 3–3 draw with Sweden in Winnepeg. After the team was defeated 2–0 by Australia and 1–0 by the United States, they did not advance to the knockout stages.
Asisat Oshoala was also a member of the Super Falcons team who won the African Women’s Championship in 2016 and 2018. She scored three goals in the 2018 Edition in Ghana.
ASISAT OSHOALA: CHARITY AND PHILANTHROPY
Oshoala launched the Asisat Oshoala Foundation in 2019 focused on empowering girls footballers in Africa. The foundation hosts the annual Asisat Oshoala Foundation Football4girls tournament in Lagos.
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