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.
In terms of talents, Oruma was on the same level as Austin Jay-Jay Okocha even though he never got the same recognition as the latter.
The retired footballer was also a genius on the ball with his movement, while his creativity was as good as the best-attacking midfielders of the game.
Oruma had two separate spells in the Ligue 1 with the first coming between 1994-1998 before leaving for Turkey.
He returned to Ligue 1 when he signed for Sochaux in 2002, and also had stints with Olympique Marseille before leaving in 2008.
The 43-year-old made a total of 196 Ligue 1 appearances for four different clubs, scoring 11 goals and registering nine assists.
During his time in France, Oruma was a league champion with Lens, while he also won the French Cup twice with Sochaux.