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Napoli's Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Napoli and Lazio on March 3, 2023 at the Diego-Maradona stadium in Naples. /CFP

Osimhen, Salah, Onana and Oshoala included in Ballon d’Or shortlists

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Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, and Cameroon goalkeeper André Onana are among the 30 players nominated for the 2023 men’s Ballon d’Or award, while Asisat Oshoala is the only African shortlisted for the women’s award.

Salah leads a strong contingent of players who play in England, including seven players from Manchester City.

The Egyptian earned his place thanks to his 30 goals in 16 assists in all competitions last season, including 19 in the Premier League, the fourth-highest tally.

Osimhen netted 31 times in 38 games for Napoli and was the top scorer in Italy’s Serie A. The striker’s contribution helped his side to a first league title since the 1989–90 season, and their third title overall.

Cameroon’s Onana, now with at Manchester United, made it into the list after some eye-catching performances in goal for Inter Milan last season, where he guided the side to the UEFA Champions League final.

Inter Milan also qualified for this season’s Champions League after securing a third-place finish in the domestic league.

On the women’s list, Oshoala was included following her performances for Barcelona, having finished as the third-highest scorer in the Spanish Ladies Premier League.

Her 21 goals were the most by a Barcelona Femeni player.

The Ballon d’Or is awarded to the footballer deemed to be the best in the world during the season. Journalists from FIFA’s 100 top-ranked member nations choose the winners.

The winners will be announced on October 30.

See full Ballon d’Or shortlists HERE.

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