Osimhen scored 10 goals at the 2013 World U17 Finals and with the Nigeria U17 team lifted the championship trophy. By now, he has matured a lot, becoming Napoli’s top scorer in Serie A 2022/23 and this season’s Champions League. But he had a very difficult and difficult starting point.
At the age of 3, Osimhen lost his mother, and grew up in poverty. A full meal, studying and playing football are the big dreams that are always in the mind of a boy born in the slums of Lagos (Nigeria). What he wants is to get out of trouble to help his family.
The ball is the lifeline of Osimhen’s life. Street football gave him the rare pleasure to forget his hunger pangs. His talent for playing football brought him to the U17 World Championship. 9 months before the finals, Osimhen had to overcome thousands of other children from all over the world and undergo difficult tests. You have to run, run and run with the ball, pass and shoot.
Finally, luck smiled on Osimhen. Although not among the best players, Osimhen was selected and became the top scorer of the tournament. European clubs have begun to notice Osimhen, but he chose to join Wolfsburg in 2017.
Coming to Europe with Osimhen were some family members and two friends as assistants. These people help him take care of things like signing contracts, doing formalities. But then, when they went to the promised land, they one by one left Osimhen to find their own opportunities.
Osimhen’s brother was the last to leave, leaving the young striker in the heart of this young striker with extreme emptiness and loneliness. After each practice session, Osimhen returned home and lived alone in a large house. He was really heartbroken because he was abandoned in a foreign land when he was so young.
In addition, Osimhen had difficulty adjusting to a new football scene. He had to start all over again, complying with all the instructions of the coach just to get a chance to play. However, that hope is dwindling. Things got worse, plus Osimhen was injured and had to undergo surgery. By this time, Osimhen had the intention of leaving to play, even in the German fourth division.
It seems that the Wolfburg Club does not believe in the ability to play the ball of this raw gem. He left the country with the title of Top Scorer of the U17 World Championship, the phone used to explode because of calls from the storks but now it has been forgotten.
At the start of the 2018 season, Osimhen became seriously ill with malaria. At this moment, the club Zulte-Waregem of the Belgian league chose to call him. Osimhen explained that he would not be able to pass the medical with this condition but the club said it was okay, they would wait and would sign him.
Osimhen called his family to tell them about this happiness. And on that big day, he was walking with his agent to the club when the agent’s phone rang, then he spoke in French. Osimhen didn’t understand all that was being exchanged but it didn’t sound very good. That’s right, the Zulte-Waregem side announced the cancellation of the contract.
At that time, Osimhen was in Belgium and had to risk finding another opportunity at Club Brugge. After undergoing medical tests, the club said that everything was fine. However, the president of this club told him that, if a small club like Zulte-Waregem did not sign him, he did not want to take the risk. Osimhen could only smile in extreme pain.
And then Osimhen was told by his agent that the Charleroi Club wanted him. Hard to believe because it was the third time he was told that a Belgian club wanted him to sign! He drove 7 hours in stress and nervousness to visit the club. The contract was brought out and he asked everyone if it was real. They then posted his photo on the club’s Fan Page and Osimhen knew it was all over.
Victor Osimhen’s renaissance began there. He met a very strict coach, Felice Mazzu. This strategist taught him how to play without the ball, create pressing and choose a good position in the area… He learned very quickly and also earned the trust of the coach.
Here, Osimhen has grown alone to the top. In his first season, he scored 20 goals and 4 assists. At the end of the season, a big club in Serie A offered to recruit this potential striker, however, Osimhen did not reveal the identity of that club. He told the host club that he wanted to complete the contract.
At Charleroi, he enjoyed every moment there and will remember the last day for the rest of his life. All club members applauded him. It’s great to see how much these people love you. Osimhen is grateful that they recreated his life.
By the 2019/20 season, Osimhen joined Lille club in Ligue 1. It was a big step. Christophe Galtier is the head coach here. From day one, he asked Osimhen how many goals he would score on his debut and he answered 2 goals.
After that, everything went really well, when Osimhen was flanked by quality players like Jonathan Ikone, Jonathan Bamba, Mike Maignan… And in the first match against Nantes, when getting off the bus, the goalkeeper Jose Fonte said, “If you really score two goals, I’ll take you to a restaurant.” He replied, “OK boss.”
Fonte assisted Osimhen in the first goal. Nantes equalized, then Osimhen scored the winning goal in the 80th minute. It was an adrenaline rush… He had never felt it in a big stadium before. And then, match after game, everything fell into place.
For Osimhen, the Charleroi Club gave him the opportunity to rebuild his life and Lille helped him change his life. The road to Naples was open to the Nigerian boy who was once rejected by the whole world. In front of him is a club of Diego Maradona, a team revered by the most passionate fans on earth. When he moved, his car was surrounded by fans.
It was impressive and sometimes he wished he could do this and that without an escort. But that doesn’t bother him. Fans only give love, make him understand how important he is to them.
Osimhen’s challenge at Napoli was not without. When he first arrived, the press wrote that he would not score more than 5 goals in Serie A, even advising the club to let him play in Serie B for a year to learn. But he soon asserted that the articles were false.
Osimhen is not the type of player to be easily defeated by the media. Whatever they write, he will continue to give his all for the club and to surpass himself. He also took the opportunity to wink at president Aurelio De Laurentiis and sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli or Gennaro Gattuso (first season coach).
All these characters tell Osimhen that everything depends on him and that if he doesn’t give up, his time will come. When important people like them and your comrades stand behind him, Osimhen cannot fail. He tried his best to become the best striker in Europe like Didier Drogba, Lewandowski.
Now, Osimhen has done that, an explosive striker, aggressive playing deep, and also fond of wide-ranging activities. He doesn’t like to play like a striker for 90 minutes. He considers himself a goal scorer who likes to coordinate with the team, always putting the interests of the team first.
Not only that, Osimhen also likes to play in a defensive role, an innate ability. In Naples, that quality is encouraged. Coach Luciano Spalletti also asked the team’s members to participate in the defense no matter where they were on the field, right from the front three.
Teamwork is Napoli’s strength this season, plus the tactical sense Spalletti has instilled in every player since he arrived. Since then, Osimhen has become the most watched player at a Napoli on the way to the Serie A title, as well as a mysterious factor in the race to win the Champions League Silver Cup.
In these two arenas in the 2022/23 season, Osimhen has scored 25 goals (4 goals in the Champions League). Just three more goals in Serie A, and Osimhen will reach the number of goals he scored in the previous two seasons in a Napoli shirt. Until now, no one can abandon him anymore.