Ballon d’Or 2023: Nigerian international Victor Osimhen has achieved a remarkable feat by securing a spot in the top 10 of the 2023 Ballon d’Or rankings, surpassing players of great renown such as Karim Benzema and Mohamed Salah.
Osimhen’s exceptional performance during the 2022/2023 season played a pivotal role in his Ballon d’Or recognition. He contributed significantly to Napoli’s Serie A title win, amassing an impressive 26 goals in the league. Notably, he secured the Serie A Golden Boot, breaking a long-standing record previously held by Liberia’s George Weah.
Furthermore, Osimhen’s impact extended to the UEFA Champions League, as he helped Napoli reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in the club’s history.
Recognizing his outstanding achievements, he was named the Serie A best striker of the year and once again received the Golden Boot for his stellar goal-scoring performance.
On the international stage, Osimhen was instrumental in Nigeria’s successful qualification for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring ten crucial goals.
His exceptional efforts did not go unnoticed, as he earned a well-deserved Ballon d’Or nomination. Osimhen’s remarkable achievement was reflected in his top-ten finish in the final Ballon d’Or rankings, ahead of established stars like Karim Benzema and Mohamed Salah.
At the time of publication, Salah was ranked 11th in the Ballon d’Or rankings, and the world eagerly awaited the release of the top ten rankings. Karim Benzema finished 16th, while Robert Lewandowski was placed 12th.
In this ranking, Victor Osimhen was honored with an impressive 8th position in the Ballon d’Or for the year 2023. This is a big win for Africa and Nigeria as a whole.
Congratulations to Victor Osimhen. Nigerians and Africans are all proud of you!!!