Naija Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen became the most expensive African player of all time after moving from Lille to Napoli. My11 takes a look at his rise to stardom from his humble beginning as a street hawker in Lagos to a football star.
Osimhen is the last of 7 children, who became a street hawker, selling the sachet water, popularly known as “pure water” after his mom died and his father lost his job. He would play football after his daily sales, this was where he caught the eyes of Naija’s U17 coaches and scouts and got selected for the 2017 U 17 World Cup in Chile.
Osimhen went on to score a record 10 goals to help Nigeria win the U-17 World Cup as the highest goal scorer and he won the second-best player award. He was named CAF Youth Player of The Year for 2015. Two years later, he joined German club Wolfburg.
After an injury-plagued and unproductive spell with Wolfburg, he joined Charleroi where he scored 20 goals in 36 games on loan. He then moved to Lille for €12m in 2019, where he became one of the top strikers in France, scoring 18 goals with 6 assists in 36 games.
A year after signing Osimhen for €12m, Lille has sold him to one of the top teams in the Italian Serie A, Napoli for a reported fee of €80m plus add-ons, to make the Naija star the most expensive African signing.
Will Osimhen do well at Napoli?