Victor Osimhen: biography, football career, family life, achievements and networth
Nigerian striker Victor James Osimhen competes professionally for both the Nigerian national team and Serie A club Napoli. He is renowned for his superior finishing, strength, and athleticism and is regarded as one of the best attackers in the world. Osimhen, a Nigerian-born player, started his senior career in Germany in 2017 with VfL Wolfsburg. After spending a season and a half with the team, he moved on loan to Charleroi in Belgium in 2018–19 before joining Lille in France. With the French club, he played his first game of European football in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League. Osimhen moved to Serie A team Napoli in 2020 for a club-record €70 million. In the 2021–22 season, he was named the Best Young Player in Serie A. He is the highest goalscoring African in the Serie A and presently holds the record for the most goals scored by an African in a single season. In 2015, Osimhen was given the FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Boot award, which Nigeria won. He participated in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and made his senior international debut in June 2017. He presently ranks eighth all-time among Nigeria’s national team’s goal scorers.
Victor Osimhen, an Edo state native, was born on December 29, 1998, in Lagos. Osimhen was raised in Olusosun, a small neighborhood near Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos, together with his brother Andrew and 4 other brothers. The neighborhood contains one of Africa’s biggest dumpsites. For the young Victor, childhood was not all roses. To support his studies and the general survival of his family, he sold sachet water on the streets. Victor Osimhen attended Olusosun Primary School, a neighborhood community school. Students and local youth frequently gather on the school field every evening. Osimhen, while a young boy, would go to the field to watch his older brother, Andrew, play. His sibling was a skilled ball handler. Victor got the opportunity to study the fundamentals of football while still hawking, all thanks to his brother. Perhaps Andrew Osimhen was the first to recognize that little Victor might become talented in the future. Due to this, Andrew made the decision to stop playing the game and deal with his newspaper company in order to help out his sibling.
Osimhen’s Football Career
Victor Osimhen Got Scouted.
Osimhen quickly emerged as the field’s main observer. Local football scouts noticed something special about him. He was taken by them. With the Ojota, Lagos-based team Ultimate Strikers, Victor Osimhen had his first successful trial. Victor Osimhen was invited to represent the Nigerian Under-17 squad in 2014 as a result of his excellent play with Ultimate Strikers and by coach Amuneke, the then-coach of the Golden Eaglets. Later, Osimhen will play a crucial role in the 2015 Fifa U-17 tournament, which was hosted in Chile. Osimhen made his international debut for Nigeria against Chile and scored twice. He appeared in all the news. Nigerians felt proud at home. Scouts from Europe kept an eye on him. What a buzz it was! After winning the trophy, the Golden Eaglets team remained the most successful U-17 international football team. After scoring 10 goals during the competition, Osimhen earned both the U-17 Silver Ball and the Golden Boot awards.
The journey of Osimhen to Europe
Following his impressive displays in Chile, it was claimed that several BIG clubs in Europe, like Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur, were interested in signing the young talisman. Give it a name!
Surprisingly, Victor Osimhen turned down every offer because a different middle-weight team had given him the MOST money. Osimhen made his professional career announcement to the world shortly after being crowned the 2015 African Youth Player of the Year at the CAF Awards in Abuja in January 2016. He would be playing for the German Bundesliga team Wolfsburg. Soon after, Osimhen settled in Germany. Beginning in May 2017, he agreed to a pre-contract agreement for three and a half years. He would remain at the club through June 2022 under this agreement. Osimhen was eliminated four months after making his Germany debut; a shoulder issue required surgery. His first season was ruined by this. Because of his subpar performance that year, Victor Osimhen’s worth on the transfer market decreased. He had zero goals overall at Wolfsburg.
Osimhen’s dream must have been to represent Nigeria at the world cup once more, this time with the Super Eagles, the national senior side. Osimhen (20 years old at the time) regrettably lost out on selections due to health problems. According to reports, he was hospitalized during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Osimhen then participated in summer trials with Belgian clubs Club Brugge and Zulte Waregem. Unfortunately, he contracted malaria, which negatively impacted his health and caused both clubs to reject him.Victor finally heard the news he had been waiting for on August 22nd, 2018. He was accepted on a season-long loan by Sporting Charleroi of Belgium’s First Division A. Osimhen answered right away with a backheel goal, his first career goal. With the Belgian team, he enjoyed a successful run, playing 36 games and tallying 20 goals.
At the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Osimhen was a part of the Nigerian side that came in third. His only game throughout the competition was the third-place match against Tunisia, which the Super Eagles won 1-0. Victor Osimhen, 20, was signed by the French club Losc Lille from Sporting Charleroi somewhere in the middle of 2019. The five-year contract Osimhen signed will keep him at the Stade Pierre Mauroy through 2024. He produced a total of 27 apps and netted 13 goals.
Osimhen advanced his career in July 2021 by moving to Naples in a transaction that was said to be valued about €50 million. Osimhen has established himself as one of the Gli Azzurris’ most significant players. Osimhen has 22 goals this season and is on pace to win the Seria A Capocannoniere. In Napoli,
- he received the Globe Soccer Award for Emerging Player of the Year
- earned the U-23 footballers’ Italian Serie A Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
- Received the March 2022 EA SPORTS Player Of The Month honor.
- received a nomination for the FIFA 23 Team of the Year, with Lewandowski, Neymar, Kane, and many more players.
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- FIFA U-17 World Cup: 2015
- Africa Cup of Nations third place: 2019
- African U-17 Championship Golden Boot: 2015
- FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Boot: 2015
- FIFA U-17 World Cup Silver Ball: 2015
- CAF Youth Player of the Year: 2015
- UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month: September 2019
- Prix Marc-Vivien Foé: 2020
- Lille Player of the Season: 2019–20
- Serie A Best Young Player: 2021–22
- Serie A Player of the Month: March 2022
With a salary of £120,000 per week and an annual salary of £6,240,000 at Napoli, Victor is one of the wealthiest Super Eagles players. His contract with the Italian club expires in 2025. According to reports, he has a net worth of £13,598,000.
At this time, Victor Osimhen is not married. With his girlfriend Stephanie, the Napoli striker has a daughter. He is renowned for keeping his personal affairs hidden from the “media eye.” On October 6, 2022, they gave birth to a stunning baby girl. Haly is the name of his child.
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