Despite the several challenges Nigeria is currently facing, Nigeria remains one of the countries with the most productive and most talented citizens in the world.
The 2020/2021 season is quite a blissful one for Nigerian footballers across the world as many have made the country proud by making histories, breaking records, and lifting trophies for their respective football clubs. Dailysoccer has compiled some pictures of some of these players which will not only make you proud to be a Nigerian but will also inspire you to achieve great things, just like these football players.
Aisha Oshoala (FC Barcelona) - UEFA Women's Champions League
Aisha Oshoala rose from the streets of Ikorodu, Lagos state to become the first African female footballer to win the UEFA Women's Champions League. The 24-year-old Barcelona player who dropped out of school at the age of 15 in pursuit of a career in the game has won several individual awards right from when she started her football career in 2009 with a Nigerian lower division side, FC Robo till now. These awards include 4 African women's footballer of the year award, 1 BBC women's footballer of the year award, CAF Best Woman Player of the Decade (2011-2020), among others.
Aisha Oshoala won the Champions League with the Barcelona Femení after their 4-0 win over Chelsea on the 16th of May. See pictures of Aisha lifting the Women's Champions League trophy with her teammates below:
Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo (Rangers FC)- 2020/2021 Scottish Premiership
Rangers FC were crowned the Champions of the 2020/2021 Scottish Premiership on the 15th of this month under their new manager and former Liverpool player, Steven Gerrard. Gerrard guided Rangers to the league title after going undefeated in the 2020/2021 Scottish league campaign. However, this probably wouldn't have been possible without the help of Super Eagles duo, Leon Balogun (Defender) and Joe Aribo (midfielder). Check out pictures of Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo with the Scottish Premiership trophy below:
Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)- Emirates FA Cup
They say the English Premier League is the hardest league in the world, however, this assertion is not true for Super Eagles players, Kelechi Iheancho and Wilfred Ndidi who both broke into Leicester City's first team and eventually helped the club to win the Emirates FA Cup trophy for the first time in the club's history. While celebrating the FA Cup victory after a 1-0 win against Chelsea in the final, both players waved the Nigerian flag around the Wembley Stadium, creating scenes you would love to see as a Nigerian. Check out the lovely pictures below:
Paul Onuachu (Genk)- 2020/2021 Belgian Cup
Nigerian striker, Paul Onuachu, who plays for Genk in Belgium is no doubt one of the most prolific strikers in Europe presently as his goal-scoring stats this season are absolutely incredible. Just this season, Paul Onuachu became the first player to score 32 goals in a single Belgian season in the 21st century and also the first player to score more than 30 goals in a single Belgian season since the 70s and 80s. To cap it all, Paul gave an assist that helped Genk clinch the Belgian Cup title on the 26th of April. See how much the trophy meant to him in the pictures below:
Other Nigerian Footballers Who Won Trophies With Foreign Clubs This Season
Peter Olayinka (Slavia Prague)- Czech Republic League title and Czech Cup
Shehu Abdullai (Omonoia FC)- Cypriot Championship
Tosin Kehinde (Randers FC)- Danish Cup
Imoh Ezekiel (Al Jazira FC)- Arabian Gulf League
In conclusion, the names above are some of the few names that are representing Nigeria well across the world, not only in football but in every sector. These players have put in a great amount of determination, hard work and eventually, their dreams are starting to come to reality. Their success story should be a lesson to every Nigerian youth, 'there is no limit to what you can achieve if work hard, stay determined, and above all, stay prayerful!'
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