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.
Should he stay in Ligue 1 for a few more years, Osimhen will definitely rank higher when a new list is made.
The 21-year-old has taken Ligue 1 by storm in his first season after joining Lille from Royal Charleroi for 12 million euros last summer.
The Super Eagles star is already courting interest from Europe’s top clubs for his goalscoring prowess. In his first season, Osimhen scored 18 times in 38 games for Christophe Galtier’s side.
He was the league’s fourth-highest scorer with 13 goals, and that was enough to earn him a place in Ligue 1’s team of the season. The former Golden Eaglets striker was also named Lille’s player of the season.
With a lot of clubs scrambling for his signature, it’s looking likely that Osimmhen will leave this summer. However, he’s done just enough to earn himself a spot in the list.