Copper Queens forward, Rachel Kundananji, has won the 2023 GOAL50 Women’s Award, international football website, goal.com has announced.
The Zambian player has made history becoming the first-ever African player to win GOAL50, with Asisat Oshoala coming second and Linda Caicedo third.
Argentine legend, Lionel Messi, scooped the 2023 GOAL50 men’s award.
Both the Zambian and Argentine won the awards
by a popular vote courtesy of fans.
5.75 million votes were cast collectively for both men’s and women’s category according to the renowned online publication.
Kundananji made a mark in Spain when she impressed fans in her debut season at Madrid CFF for the 2022/23 campaign coupled with her contribution to the Copper Queens who made a maiden World Cup appearance earlier in the year.
Kundananji scored 25 goals in 29 appearances to finish as runner up in the Golden Boot race last season.
Kundananji’s also scored at fir Zambia at the World Cup in a 3-1 group stage win over Costa Rica.
Zambia didn’t make it through to the knockout stage, but the 23-year-old went on to notch her first hat-trick at international level in a friendly win over Morocco in September, before repeating the trick in Madrid’s 5-1 victory over Sevilla.
Meanwhile in the men’s category, Messi finished ahead of Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Kylian Mbappe and Kevin De Bruyne, while Asisat Oshoala, Linda Caicedo, Tabitha Chawinga and Lauren James made up the top five in the women’s category behind Kundananji.
Messi inspired Argentina to a 2022 World Cup win in Qatar after inspiring Argentina’s run to glory in Qatar.
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