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“From A street hawker to A king in Italy” – 10 Facts About Osimhen

Highlights:

° Victor Osimhen rejected Arsenal at 17.

° Key facts about Victor Osimhen.

° Victor Osimhen grass to grace story.

° Victor Osimhen Family background.

INTRODUCTION:

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen is a professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Napoli and the Nigerian national team. He was Born on the 29, of December 1998, in Lagos state, Nigeria. Victor Osmihen

Victor Osimhen started his footballing career as a boy at the Nigerian ‘Ultimate Strikers Academy’ before an eventual move to Europe where he has played for various clubs.

The Nigerian-born striker’s breakthrough came in 2015 when he helped the Nigerian Under 17 to World Cup glory. He also won the Golden Boot and the Silver Ball and caught the attention of many clubs in Europe, and he eventually signed for Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga in 2017.

His stay at Wolfsburg was short-lived as he struggled to replicate his under-17 World Cup performance in his new team. He was sent on loan to Charleroi in Belgium, from Wolfsburg where he found his form by scoring 20 goals in 36 games in all competitions for the Belgian club. He also signed for Lille in 2019 before Napoli broke the bag to sign him for €70 million.

Victor Osimhen has represented Nigeria in many tournaments since his youth days, and he is currently the key player for the Nigerian Super Eagles in the ongoing 2023 African Cup of Nations. He is known for his physical strength as he bodied defenders to score fantastic goals. Victor Osimhen

Osimhen has also won the African Footballer of the Year award after he helped Napoli to their first Serie A title win in 33 years. He is currently one of the most complete strikers in the world.

Below, Are 10 interesting facts that you might not know about Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen.

10. He is From A Family Of 6 Children.

Victor Osimhen is the youngest of six siblings, and he was born on December 29th, 1998 to Mr. Patrick Osimhen who hails from Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State in Nigeria.

He grew up in Lagos state Nigeria with his brother Andrew Osimhen and 4 other siblings after they lost their mother at a very tender age.

9. God Is Good

Victor’s surname has an interesting meaning in his native Ishan language, the name surname “Osimhen” means “God is good.” and God has been surely good to him and his family.

8. He Broke Out At The Under-17 FIFA World Cup.

Victor first caught the attention of the world in 2017 after an interesting U-17 World Cup performance for the Nigerian national team.

He signed for Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga for $3,970,225 on January 1, 2017.

7. He rejected Arsenal At 17.

Victor Osimhen rejecting Arsenal? That kind of news is hard to come by, but the young Osimhen had his reason and they were valid. Osimhen

After his U-17 World Cup performance, the young star was approached by the Legendary Arsene Wenger but he turned him down. According to Victor, it wasn’t the right time for a big move.

“I spoke with Arsene Wenger after the tournament ended and he wanted me to come to Arsenal,” – Osimhen revealed

“I wanted to start playing as soon as I turned 18. I wanted to go to a place where I had time to invest in my game and improve physically. Wolfsburg showed me that possibility.” – Osimhen

“I had a lot of options. Barcelona, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and the rest. Arsenal was a good option but it wasn’t the best at the time.” – Osimhen

6. His Idol is Chelsea Drogba.

As a boy, Victor Osimhen looked to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and in an interview, he told ESPN that Didier is his Idol.

“Drogba is the type of player who doesn’t give up and possesses a fighting spirit. He is also very passionate; always serious on the field and whatever the circumstance he would try and score for his team,” Victor Osimhen said in an interview with ESPN.

5. He went from an African nursery team to a big European club.

After Victor Osimhen’s Under 17 World Cup where he scored 10 goals in 7 games to win the Golden Boot and the Silver Ball, Victor caught the attention of big teams in Europe and eventually signed for Wolfsburg from his local academy team in Nigeria.

4. He won the Marc Vivien Foe Award.

Victor won the Marc Vivien Foe award in the French League after he scored 18 goals in 38 games before the League was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

The award is presented to the best African Ligue 1 player at the end of the season by Radio France International (RFI).

3. One of the most expensive African signings.

He signed for Napoli for a record fee of €70 million which can rise to €80 million due to addons.

Victor’s move to Napoli will be one of the most expensive African signings in the world for a very long time.

2. Recipient of the African Footballer of the Year Award.

Osimhen won the Best African Footballer of the Year award after he helped Napoli to their first Series A title in 33 years.

He currently holds the record of the best player in Africa.

1. He was once a hawker in the street of Lagos.

Victor Osimhen’s story is from grass to grace, he was once a Lagos boy, who lived close to a rubbish dump and chased vehicles to sell sachet water, popularly known in Nigeria as ‘pure water’ to earn a living.

He is now a king adorned in many parts of the world due to his hard work and resilience.

Keys Facts About Victor Osimhen.

Date of birth: Dec 29, 1998
Citizenship: Nigeria
Height: 1,86 m
Position: Centre-Forward
Current international: Nigeria

FAQs About Victor Osimhen:

How old is Victor Osimhen?

° Victor Osimhen was born on the 29th of December 1998.

Where is Victor Osimhen from?

° Victor Osimhen is from the Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State in Nigeria.

How many kids does Osimhen have? Victor Osimhen daughter

° Osimhen has a daughter named Haly, who was born in October 2022.

Who is Victor Osimhen’s wife?

° Victor is not yet married but has a girlfriend named Stefanie Ladewig.

What is Victor’s father’s name?

° Victor Osimhen’s father’s name is Patrick Osimhen.

How much does Victor Osimhen earn?

° Victor Osimhen earns €10m (£8.7m) a season, with a release clause between €120m and €130m.

How much does Osimhen earn in Niara weekly?

°The Nigerian striker earns about ₦206.6 million every week

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