In the world of European football, accolades and recognition are highly coveted by players who strive for excellence on the pitch. Super Eagles and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has recently achieved a commendable feat, being ranked the eighth best player of the 2022/23 season in the prestigious MARCA Top 100 awards.
The MARCA Top 100 awards are an esteemed ranking list that evaluates the performances of the top 100 players of the season. The rankings are determined through a comprehensive voting process involving 115 journalists, former players, former coaches, and influencers. Additionally, more than 10,000 people participated in the popular vote on MARCA.com to contribute to the final rankings.
Osimhen’s contribution to Napoli’s success in clinching the Serie A title last season played a significant role in securing his spot in the top 10. Napoli’s triumph marked their first Serie A title in 33 years, and Osimhen’s exceptional performance was integral to their achievement.
With an impressive tally of 26 goals, Osimhen also made history by becoming the first African player to finish as the top scorer in the Italian topflight. His remarkable feat not only showcases his immense talent but also highlights the growing influence and impact of African players in European football.
Among the top 100 players in the rankings, Osimhen stands as the sole representative from Africa, further emphasizing his exceptional abilities and prowess on the field.
It is worth noting that several other African players garnered recognition in the MARCA Top 100 awards. Yassine Bounou (32nd/Morocco), Mohamed Salah (37th/Egypt), Andre Onana (43rd/Cameroon), Sofyan Amrabat (47th/Morocco), and Youssef En-Nesyri (49th/Morocco) all secured spots within the top 50 players of the season.
Osimhen’s remarkable achievement is further highlighted by the fact that he outperformed renowned players such as Robert Lewandowski, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Harry Kane, Bernardo Silva, Jude Bellingham, and Bukayo Saka in the prestigious rankings.
On the other hand, the coveted title of the best footballer of the 2022/23 season in the MARCA Top 100 awards was awarded to Manchester City’s prodigious talent, Haaland. With an astounding 5,631 points, Haaland surpassed the likes of Lionel Messi and Vinicius, securing the top spot. This achievement follows in the footsteps of Karim Benzema, who claimed the prize in the previous season.
Victor Osimhen’s eighth-place ranking in the MARCA Top 100 awards is a testament to his exceptional skills, dedication, and impact on the field. As he continues to make strides in his football career, Osimhen remains a source of inspiration for aspiring African players and a valuable asset to his club and national team.