On July 31st, 2020, Napoli announced the signing of the Super Eagles Starlet – Victor Osimhen. The club-record deal is worth about €70 million potentially rising to €80 million with add-ons. Since then, Osimhen has become the most expensive African Footballer to date.
How far has Victor Osimhen come? How did this 22-year-old young man become the most expensive African Footballer?
The Humble Beginning of Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen, like most Nigerian footballers, hails from a poor family. Reports say that Osimhen had to hawk water to survive and that his elder brother Patrick dropped out of school to look after Victor and his other younger siblings.
According to Lifebogger, Osimhen grew up in Oregun, Ikeja, and attended Olusosun Primary School – a government school (where the football journey began.)
How Osimhen Came to Limelight
Victor Osimhen’s name became very popular amongst football fans after his mind-blowing performance at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The young striker then won the Golden Boot and Silver Ball at the end of the tournament.
Outstandingly, Osimhen scored 10 goals in the tournament. Also, he scored in every single match of the competition – the only footballer to ever achieve such a feat.
The Osimhen and Lile Partnership
After a relatively successful stint at VfL Wolfsburg and Charleroi, Osimhen, who is a product of one of the best football academies in Nigeria, would go on to sign for Lile in 2019.
It was at Lile that the young Super Eagles striker made a name for himself at club level. He announced himself for the French club by scoring a brace against Nantes on his debut.
Overall, Victor Osimhen finished the season as Lile’s highest goal scorer with 18 goals in all competitions.
At this point, top clubs in Europe were already scouting him.
Osimhen To Napoli
Since Napoli Sold Higuain to Juventus, Napoli never really had a proper No. 9 who could score goals regularly.
Napoli signed Arkadiusz Milik to replace Higuain but he never really did. Injuries and lack of consistency ruined his Napoli career before being shipped to Olympique Marseille.
During that period of Milik’s absence, Andres Meertens, a natural winger, adopted the No. 9 position and scored regularly.
FC Union Berlin striker, Taiwo Awoniyi spoke exclusively to EaglesTracker
EaglesTracker caught up exclusively with 24-year old striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, who recently earned his first call up, and made his debut in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying defeat against Central African Republic.
“It has always been one of my greatest dreams and to be able to have the opportunity (to play for Nigeria) is a privilege and honour which I’m happy about, and all glory to God for making it possible.”
Taiwo spoke about the depth of quality currently in the Super Eagles, and how he sees this as an opportunity not to elevate himself, but to fight for the nation.
“Nigeria is a country full of talents and great players. I hope and work for victory as that is the goal of the national team. I personally don’t see it as place you have to set personal glory or achievements for yourself, but a place to represent the colour and fight for the nation, for success on every outing, and that’s my only aim.“
Taiwo did not forget to thank the fans for their support, and he of course reserves all Glory for God, who he believes makes all things possible
“Thanks to all the fans for their support as it means a lot no matter how little. I am just a boy full of hope, dreams, and above all, connected to the only one who makes all things possible.“
“I believe there’s more to come, with God’s help, hard work and dedication.”