Asisat Oshoala: Nigeria striker awards Barcelona side with Pichichi award

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Barcelona and Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala has added the Pichichi award to his long list of personal accolades

Nigerian striker Asisat Oshoala has paid tribute to her female Barcelona teammates after winning the Pichichi, the award given to the top scorer in the Spanish league.

She shares the award with Madrid CFF striker Geyse Ferreira, who has played eight more games than Oshoala in the Primera Liga Iberdrola.

Oshoala, 27, is Africa most decorated female footballer and becomes the first woman from the continent to claim Spain’s Golden Boot.

“It’s obviously been a team effort to get here, and I can only thank my team-mates and everyone at the club for this achievement,” she said.

“We’ve worked hard all season and we can’t stop now because we have another big one ahead of us.”

Oshoala and holders Barcelona take on seven-time champions Lyon in the Women’s Champions League final in Turin on Saturday.

After their historic league campaign which saw them pick up maximum points with 30 wins from 30 matches, Oshoala are aiming for another milestone with Jonatan Giraldez’s side.

“Everyone’s attention has shifted from celebrating the league title to preparing for a massive game in Turin,” she added.

After that big night in Italy, Barcelona will then turn their attention to El Clasico against Real Madrid in the Copa de la Reina semi-final on May 25 as they continue their quest for a historic treble.

Oshoala bangs the drum for Nigeria in Spain

Barcelona and Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala celebrates with a drum
Oshoala played for Liverpool and Arsenal in England before moving to China and then Barcelona

Oshoala has now scored 81 goals in 104 appearances for Barca and signed a deal to stay with the Spanish giants until the end of the 2023-24 campaign.

She joined Spanish side Chinese champions Dalian Quanjian in January 2019, initially on loan, before agreeing a permanent switch five months later.

The former FC Robo and Rivers Angels star moved to the Far East in February 2017 from English side Arsenal, with whom she won the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in 2016.

She finished top scorer in the Chinese Women’s Super League in 2017 with 12 goals to help her club win the title in the same year.

Oshoala, who started her European career at Liverpool, won her third Women’s Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Falcons in Ghana in 2018, scoring three goals as Nigeria lifted the title for the ninth time.

Oshoala won the Confederation of African Football Female Player of the Year Award for the fourth time in 2020 – equaling the record of fellow Nigerian Perpetua Nkwocha.

The first BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year winner helped Nigeria reach the last 16 of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France and hopes to lead her country to 2023 World Cup qualification and a record 10th Nations Cup title in Morocco in July.

The West Africans were paired with South Africa, who the Super Falcons beat on penalties to lift the trophy four years ago, in the group stage of the tournament.

Debutants Burundi and Botswana complete the Group C line-up, with Nigeria aiming to claim a fourth consecutive Nations Cup title.

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