The French Ligue 1 is one of Europe’s top five leagues, and it has enjoyed the talents of many Nigerian stars both past and present.
Lille’s Victor Osimhen and Nantes Moses Simon were one of the stars of the 2019/2020 season that ended early due to the coronavirus.
The two Super Eagles stars were named their club’s player of the season respectively following a brilliant debut campaign.
They were not the only Nigerian players in the French top division this season, however, as there was also Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja who both played for Bordeaux.
But before Osimhen and Simon, there’ve been Nigerian stars who were also exceptional in the French top-flight. For that reason, Soccernet decided to create a list of best Super Eagles stars both past and present to have played in the Ligue 1.
Lille has been the home to three Nigerians, and all had success at the club. Osaze Odemwingie was the first Super Eagles star to play at the club.
The former Nigerian international played at Stadium Lille Métropole between 2005-2007, making 103 appearances at the club.
Osaze was one of the technically gifted strikers Nigeria ever had, and he exhibited that all through his career.
During his time with Les Dogues, Osaze scored 27 goals and recorded 11 assists. He left Lille in 2007 to sign for Lokomotiv Moscow before moving to the Premier League in 2010.