In the running for the highly coveted Ballon d’Or, one of football’s most prestigious accolades, are five outstanding African players who have left their mark on the beautiful game. Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Cameroon’s Andre Onana, and Morocco’s Yassine Bounou have all earned their spots on the 2023 men’s shortlist, dazzling fans and pundits alike with their remarkable performances throughout the past season.
These African talents face stiff competition from global favorites such as Kylian Mbappé, Erling Haaland, and Lionel Messi, making the race for the Ballon d’Or an intense battle of skill and excellence.
In the female category, Asisat Oshoala, a forward for both the Nigerian national women’s football team and the Spanish club FC Barcelona, stands as the sole representative from the continent. Oshoala’s remarkable achievement of winning the Confederation of African Footballer’s African Women’s Player of the Year award five times speaks volumes about her exceptional talent and dedication.
The Ballon d’Or, an annual celebration of the most exceptional footballing talent of the season, will unveil its winners at a grand ceremony in Paris on October 30th. Notably, Liberian President George Weah remains the only African player to have clinched the Ballon d’Or, achieving this honor during his time as an AC Milan player in 1995.