Victor Osimhen, of the shanty towns of Nigeria to the lawns of Serie A - The Point

Glistening in the previous season with the LOSC (18 goals in all competitions), Victor Osimhen is incurred Friday with the Napoli. Convinced of the performance

Victor Osimhen, of the shanty towns of Nigeria to the lawns of Serie A - The Point

Glistening in the previous season with the LOSC (18 goals in all competitions), Victor Osimhen is incurred Friday with the Napoli. Convinced of the performance of the nigerian striker had, the Italian club has not hesitated to break his piggy bank, upon payment of 81.3 million euros (guaranteed bonus included) – the biggest transfer in the history of the two teams. Today at the top of the poster, Victor Osimhen, however, has been a journey fraught with pitfalls. Portrait.

A childhood precarious

Born on December 29, 1998, Victor Osimhen grew up in the poor neighborhood of Olusosun, Lagos (Nigeria), a few hundred metres from the largest landfill in the open sky of Africa. Last of a family of seven, he grew up in extreme poverty. A difficult situation that will only get worse since the age of six years old, her life is marked by a major event : the death of her mother. "I lost my mom a month of October. Three months later, my father lost his job. It has been very hard for our family. My brother sold newspapers for sport, my sister, of the oranges in the street and me, bottles of water in Lagos in the middle of the traffic. He had to survive, so we worked together " and explained to France Football the Super Eagle.

Already passionate about football, he finds in the landfill neighboring its first shoes of sport. It was then that the round ball between permanently in his life. Gifted with the ball, Victor made his debut in the Ultimate Strikers Academy, a training centre based in Lagos. But the fate of the young Victor will be upset when Emmanuel Amunike – coach of the U17 Nigeria – the landmark during a day of detecting in Lagos.

World U17, the revelation chilean

In 2015, the Nigerian is selected for the world Cup of under 17 years of age in Chile. During this competition, Osimhen made a display of all his talent, scoring 10 goals in 7 games (competition record), winning the world title, while sacred golden shoe. With this performance shift, Osimhen strikes a mighty blow, and attracts the top recruiters in europe. Arsenal, Manchester City, Paris or Juventus, all make an offer. But rest assured playing time, he signed at the end of the world at Vfl Wolfsburg.

Under the German shirt, the player knows difficult beginnings and struggling to adapt to the Bundesliga. Change of environment, change of atmosphere... It goes on and injuries do not dispute that 14 matches, without registering the slightest purpose. It is a flop. On the ground, concerns arise about the poor performance of the player. The German club then decides to lend it to Charleroi.

meteoric rise

Arrived in the Jupiter League in the summer of 2018, the international nigerian finds it much more easily. He scored 20 goals in all competitions and holds the record for the fastest goal in the history of the belgian Championships after nine seconds. In may 2019, Charleroi up the purchase option on the player before selling it to the LOSC.

By 2019, while the northern club seeks a successor to Nicolas Pépé, left on Arsenal, Victor Osimhen sign a contract for 12 million euros. Immediately, he manages the feat to make us forget the ivory coast, and becomes the new darling of the stade Pierre-Mauroy. As soon as his first game, he holds the attack with the LOSC and scores two goals, offering the victory to his team against FC Nantes (2-1). Two days later, he did it again by scoring a double against AS Saint-Étienne (3-0). Then, he will score again during the 2nd day of the group stage against Chelsea (lost 1-2). While the championship is stopped for ten days in the end, the Nigerian finished 4th top scorer, ex-aequo with the Brazilian Neymar Jr (13 goals). Thanks to his performance, he became the youngest winner of the prix Marc-Vivien Foé, the prize awarded to the best player in african football progressing in the championship of France of football. Impressive, the scorer of nigeria is once again under the spotlight and attracts the best clubs in the world.

the Direction of Naples

Friday, July 31, Victor Osimhen leaves the LOSC and joined the Napoli and the Serie A for a total amount of more than € 80 million bonus included (60€ M + 21 M€ potential). A superb value for the LOSC, who hits the jackpot. After Nicolas Pépé sold in the past year,€ 80 Million to Arsenal, it is, this time, Victor Osimhen (21 years old), which earns very large for a Dog. A contract until June 2025 is announced, but not formalized.

For Victor Osimhen, it is a new challenge that starts. Arrived in Lille for€ 12 Million a year ago from Charleroi, the centre-forward is going to discover a new championship, and face a whole other pressure. As to Naples, it is the player with the most expensive of the history. His story is in the works.

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Updated Date: 01 August 2020, 11:33

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