61. Asisat Oshoala

Many eyebrows were raised when former BBC World Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala left behind Arsenal and the FA Women’s Super League for a new adventure in China at the start of 2017.

Spells at Liverpool and the Gunners hadn’t really worked out for a player with bundles of talent, but her goals have helped fire Dalian Quanjian to the Chinese league title, with Oshoala the golden boot winner.

It’s a timely reminder of what the 23-year-old can do and one hopes we see her do it on the European or American stage again very soon to see if the Nigerian international can fulfill her talent.

Unfortunately, despite helping Nigeria win the African Cup of Nations at the end of 2016, Nigeria haven’t kicked a ball since so Oshoala hasn’t been able to further test herself on the international stage.

Farid Benstiti, Dalian Quanjian manager says:

“Asisat scored many goals for us this year that were very important, without this we could not win the league. She also assisted or created goals during the year and never have I seen a player with so much power. She’s only 23 and the potential to grow technically and tactically is very interesting for me.

“She’s really professional and a modern women’s football player. I hope Nigeria will qualify for the World Cup in France because if she continues to work and learn like she is now, it will be great to see her playing at the tournament.”

 

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