A leading female soccer star in Spain, Victoria Lopez has sensationally opted to star at national team level for her mother’s country, Nigeria, rather than commit herself to the nation of her father, where she is currently rising fast through the ranks at Real Madrid CFF, megasportsarena.com reports.
Born in Spain to a Spanish father and Nigerian mother, Lopez shot to limelight when she was voted most valuable player of the inaugural La Liga Promises Women’s National Tournament and tallied seven goals in six games to win the top scorer award.
After netting more than 70 goals for the youth teams of Madrid, Lopez made another epochal mark on October 24, when she helped her team win East Mallorca Girls U14 Cup, ahead of PSG and other top European top clubs but, while she has been approached by Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for a spot in their national team, she is holding out for the Super Falcons.
This much has been revealed by her father, Jesús López-Serrano Pérez, who pointed out that ‘Vicky’ will prefer playing for Nigeria in honour of her mother, but admits she may have to start out first with Spain’s youth teams as the lass, who is also attracting interest for scholarship at a number of universities in the United States of America, is already generating heated interest.
Lopez was among the outstanding ladies, as La Madrileñas defeated Levante UD 4-2 in the final, as her side finished off a brilliant outing in three days of action of a truly exceptional standard at A Coruña’s Abegondo Training Ground.
Madrid prevailed to secure the Women’s LaLiga Promises crown, after The Madrilenians reached the showpiece game without conceding a single goal and, en route to getting crowned top scorer, Lopez notched three of her team’s four goals in the final.
Before then, they had a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, despite their local rivals having reached that stage with a clean sweep of victories, but an extremely disciplined CFF side soon put paid to their hopes of glory, spearheaded by the excellent Vicky, whose father has now revealed is keen on playing for Nigeria’s women’s national team, rather than that of Spain.
Pérez told allnigeriasoccer.com: ”There are several years left to play for the national team and I don’t know what preference she has. I know that as a tribute to her mother she would like to have the experience of playing for Nigeria’s youth teams.
”The Spanish national teams start at U16, I am optimistic that she will be called up to the U16s after playing for the regional team. In the Madrid League, her team Infantil A of Madrid CFF play in the Boys’ League in the first division and first in the standings, and Vicky is the top scorer. ”