Nigeria and Liverpool forward Asisat Oshoala has been named as the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.
For the 20-year-old forward, there are firsts of many things.
She is the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service, voted for by football fans around the world. She beat Spain’s Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to the prize.
This award is the first of its kind hosted by a global broadcaster such as BBC.
Oshoala was the youngest player to be shortlisted.
Asisat is the the first African to feature in the Women’s Super League, when she signed for Liverpool Ladies in January 2015
Her sterling performances led Nigeria to the final at the Under-20s World cup in Canada last year where they were narrowly beaten by Germany, and she was also a major influence in the senior Nigeria team who won the African Women’s Championship in October. She was voted the tournament’s best player and was the leading scorer.
Oshoala would be on the field with the senior Nigerian team at this summer’s World Cup in Canada, which begins on 6 June.
Her manager at Liverpool Matt Beard has described her as “one of the world’s top young footballers”.