Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala bid an emotional farewell to Barcelona Femini fans in an Instagram post on Thursday, confirming her departure from the club to join National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) expansion team Bay FC.
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Oshoala completed her move to Bay FC after signing a two-year deal with an option for another year, reportedly valued at $162,000.
In an Instagram statement, Oshoala expressed mixed emotions as she left the team and city that had been her home for the past five years, describing it as an “absolute honor and privilege” to wear the Barcelona Femini jersey.
Having joined Barcelona in 2019, Oshoala played a pivotal role in the team’s success, contributing to numerous memorable moments, including winning the UEFA Women’s Champions League twice in 2021 and 2023, securing four league titles, three Spanish Super Cups, and the Copa de la Reina three times.
The prolific forward, a two-time Ballon D’or nominee, became the first African woman to win the UEFA Champions League in 2021 and scored in the Champions League final in 2019.
Reflecting on her time at Barcelona, Oshoala emphasized the cherished relationships built with teammates, coaches, staff, and the passionate fans who became her family.
As she embarks on a new journey with Bay FC, Oshoala expressed gratitude for the memories, lessons, and friendships gained during her time at Barcelona, stating that the club will always hold a special place in her heart.
Oshoala, 29, has signed a contract with Bay FC through 2026, with an option to extend for the 2027 season. She will occupy an international roster spot, bringing her skills and goal-scoring prowess to the NWSL, further enhancing Bay FC’s roster.