I have to say that writing an Asisat Oshoala biography is something I would do again. I mean, the girl is amazing!
Asisat Lamina Oshoala is a prime example of a determined child who overcame all odds to make her dreams a reality.
Regardless of the obstacles she faces, her zeal and talents have given her an absurdly high chance of becoming what she desires.
There was no genuine point of reference for Asisat to follow, but she focused on football and left home at a young age to pursue her dream.
On October 9, 1994, she was born into a Muslim family. In the Lagos State suburb of Ikorodu. Despite being born and raised in Ikorodu, she began her basic football training in Mushin, defying her parents’ wishes.
Nonetheless, Asisat stood firm and pursued a football career.
Given her accomplishments in the round leather game thus far, it’s safe to say that the parents who refused to let Asisat play soccer are now proud parents of a football star.
Asisat attended Air Force Primary School in Victoria Island before transferring to Aunty Ayo International School in Ikoyi, Lagos, for secondary school, where she graduated in 2009.
But, following her secondary school education, she began her career at Nigerian Lower Division side FC Robo, where she stayed from 2009 to 2013, before joining Rivers Angels.
Asisat rose to prominence with Rivers Angels after representing Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. She finished as the tournament’s top scorer, with seven goals, and was named Player of the Tournament.
Her performance helped Nigeria finish second in the tournament.
She was named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falcons team that won the 2014 African Women’s Championship after her outstanding performance in Canada.
Asisat was already a crowd-pleasing player on the field at the time, and she became a household name both in Nigeria and abroad.
Her scorching performance in Canada and Namibia did not go unnoticed. Edwin Okon, the then-Super Falcons Coach, summoned her to the Super Falcons squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Asisat appears to be on stage in Canada, where she performed admirably for the Nigerian Female National Team during the World Cup.
She made her debut for the team when she scored Nigeria’s second goal in a 3-3 tie with Sweden.
However, the Super Falcons were unable to advance past the first round.
Meanwhile, Oshoala joined the Liverpool Ladies on January 23, 2015, before going on to represent Nigeria in July of that year.
Asisat became the first African female footballer to play in the Women’s Super League after moving to Liverpool.
Oshoala won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award in 2015 after an impressive debut season.
Oshoala missed two months of the 2015 season due to a knee injury, during which her club Liverpool finished seventh out of eight teams. After winning the league the previous season.
As if that wasn’t enough, Arsenal activated Asisat’s release clause at Liverpool in 2016, and she became a member of the North London club’s female side.
A year later, in 2017, Oshoala was officially signed by Chinese club Dalian Quanjian F.C. from the North London Female team; during her brief stay in China, she was the top scorer in the 2017 Superleague.
After a fantastic season in China, Spanish club FC Barcelona Femen signed Oshoala on loan until the end of the season in 2019. She scored her first league goal against Rayo and then scored in a record-breaking match against Atletico Femeni at the Wanda Metropolitano a few weeks later.
She scored the only goal in Barcelona’s 4-1 loss to Lyon in 2019, becoming the first-ever Barcelona Femen player and African player to score in a UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, as well as the first Nigerian to score in any UEFA Champions League final, men’s or women’s.
Later in 2019, the Camp Nou club announced that Oshoala had signed the dotted line for a full transfer to the club and a contract extension until 2022.
So far, Asisat has done well for herself and her family through her club and national teams. She is currently the captain of the Super Falcons after Desire Oparanozie was stripped of the captaincy after a falling out with some of Nigerian football’s bigwigs.
Asisat is the most clinical and dangerous goal poacher in the box; she is constantly threatening defenders and waiting for any slight chance to snatch the ball and score.
She is a good dribbler and her height makes her a constant threat for aerial balls. She is known for her goal-scoring ability and movement off the ball.
Asisat Oshoala Net Worth
According to Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDb, and other online sources, Asisat Oshoala’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 and $5 million as of 2019. In 2018, Oshoala’s net worth was estimated to be between $100,000 and $1 million. Asisat’s net worth is still being calculated for the current year of 2020.
Of course, she made that money while playing professional football for Nigeria’s Super Falcons and her current club FC Barcelona Femen.
Asisat Oshoala Salary
According to Godwin Enakhena, the chairman of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side MFM FC, Oshoala earned N7 million per month – nearly seven times what she was earning at Arsenal Ladies.
What we do know about Asisat Oshoala’s salary at Barcelona is that he received a significant raise in February 2020.
This was as a result of a pay and conditions collective agreement signed by Spain’s top women’s division, which guarantees a minimum salary of 16,000 euros for female footballers.
Asisat Oshoala Foundation
Oshoala is a role model for aspiring female footballers; with the help of the Lagos state government, she established the Asisat Oshoala Foundation to help young people pursue their football dreams and give them the opportunity she never had.
Barcelona and Asisat Oshoala signed an MOU in 2019 with the official licensee of Barça’s Academy in Lagos, Nigeria.
In December, she organized the Football4girls competition in Lagos with the goal of bringing aspiring female players to the forefront.
Asisat confirmed her stepmother’s death in January 2021. “Had two mothers, now I’m left with just one,” Oshoala wrote on her Instagram Story.
All Awards & Achievements
- Rivers Angels: Nigerian Women’s Championship: Winner, 2014
- Nigerian Women’s Cup: Winner, 2013, 2014
- FA Women’s Cup: Winner, 2015–16
- Dalian Quanjian F.C.
- Chinese Women’s Super League (1): 2017
- FC Barcelona
- Primera División: Winner, 2019-20
- UEFA Women’s Champions League: Runner-up, 2018-19
- SupercopaFemenina: Winner, 2020.
- Aiteo CAF Best Player Award 2017(Female Category)
- BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year: 2015
- FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Boot: 2014
- FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Ball: 2014
- Chinese Women’s Super League Top scorer: 2017
- Queen of The Pitch Award: 2014
- African Women’s Footballer of the Year: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
- African Women’s Youth Player of the Year: 2014
- African Women’s Championship Golden Ball: 2014
- African Women’s Championship Golden Boot: 2016.