Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen has emerged in the top 10 of the Ballon d’Or 2023 ranking.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Osimhen ranked above Mohamed Salah, Robert Lewandowski, Yassine Bounou, Ilkay Gündogan and Emiliano Martinez in the Men’s Ballon d’Or 2023 ranking.
The Nigerian forward also ranked above Karim Benzema, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane and Lautaro Martinez.
Osimhen had been considered one of the favourites to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, after the top five favourite players for the awards were revealed some six months ago.
He scored 26 goals in the Italian Serie A last season to steer Napoli FC to their first Italian league title in 33 years and also scored five goals in the UEFA Champions League in which Napoli made it to the semi finals.
Osimhen was also the leading scorer in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with seven goals.