By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Nigeria forward and FC Barcelona star, Asisat Oshoala has won the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) Goal of the Week after her spectacular strike in her club’s 5-0 win against Portuguese champions, SL Benfica on Tuesday.
Oshoala came on as a second half substitute and the Nigerian rounded up the scoring, with the Catalan side’s fifth goal of the game in a grand style.
She acrobatically converted Caroline Graham Hansen’s cross into the back of the net in the 62nd minute after replacing Mariona Caldentey a minute earlier.
The former FC Robo Queens and Arsenal FC player made it consecutive seasons of winning the opening matchday goal of the week in the UWCL after achieving the same feat last season.
She is one of Africa’s most decorated players and the continent’s most decorated women footballer.
After winning the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) Premiership once and the FA Cup twice, she proceeded to Arsenal FC where she won the 2015/2016 Women’s FA Cup.
With Chinese side, Dalian Quanjian, Oshoala won the Chinese Women’s Super League in 2017 and 2018 before switching to FC Barcelona where she has won multiple titles like the league (four times), UWCL (twice), Supercopa (three times), and the Copa de La Reina (three times).
She is the record winner of CAF Women’s Footballer of the Year and is in the running to win her record-extending sixth title next month in Morocco.