Victor James Osimhen was born on 29th December 1998, to th family of Elder Patrick Osimhen in Lagos State Nigeria. Osimhen is a Nigerian professional footballer. He plays the role of a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national football team.
Osimhen was born in Nigeria, Osimhen started his senior career in Germany at VfL Wolfsburg in 2017. he is the last of six children, he learned how to play football by watching his elder brother. Osimhen became famous in 2015 after performing impressively at the 2015 U-17 FIFA World Cup. Following a season and a half at the club, he moved to Belgian side Charleroi on loan in 2018–2019, before moving to France at Lille. Osimhen won the Golden Boot award at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which Nigeria won. He made his senior international debut in June 2017 and played at the 2019.
In 2020, Osimhen transferred to Serie A club Napoli for a club-record fee of €70 million. He won the Serie A Best Young Player award in the 2021–2022 season.
However, Osimhen is the hottest and most dangerous striker, as of January 2023, he already played fifteen games, thirteen goals and three assists.
|Full Name:||Victor James Osimhen|
|Current club:||S.S.C Napoli, Nigeria national football team|
|Born:||December 29, 1998|
|Place of Birth:||Lagos State, Nigeria|
|Height:||6 feet 1 inches|
|Parents:||Elder and Mrs. Patrick Osimhen|
|Siblings:||Andrew and Blessing Osimhen|
|Wife • Spouse:||N/A|
|Net Worth:||$13.59 million.|
Early Life & Education
Osimhen was born in Lagos state, Nigeria but grew up in Olusosun, He is from Edo state, Nigeria. Osimhen started football at a very young age. Growing up his football role model was Didier Drogba. He learnt how to play football from his elder brother andrew. not long he started playing football, his coach noticed an outstanding special thing about him. after then, which joined the senior team of a neighourhood club as a striker, where his elder brother plays as well.
Osimhen’s football talent could not be hidden or denied, he kept aiming and becoming better, this made it possible for his family to support him in any possible way, thereby hoping that his dream will someday come through.
His elder brother Andrew abandoned his education for his younger brother, he let go of football because his brother Osimhen was beetter at football than him. He continued working hard inorder to help his younger brother fulfil his football dream.
However, Osimhen was discovered by some scouts who picked him for the Ultimate Strikers Academy before he was discovered by Nigeria’s Golden under-17 head coach Amuneke.
At the end, Osimhen scored a hat-trick at the under-17 FIFA World Cup. He scored a total number of ten goals in the competition, winning the competition’s golden boot as well as claiming the silver ball for the tournament.
Osimhen was born in Lagos state, Nigeria but grew up in Olusosun, He is from Edo state, Nigeria. Osimhen started football at a very young age.
Osimhen’s family was not financially capable to train him. According to him “I remember when i was growing up, I was cleaning the gutters for 20 Naira, for my landlord and did some cleaning jobs jobs for my neighbours close to my house, fetch water for 80 Naira.”
Osimhen proceded with telling what he feels like passing through those things while growing up from a poor background, “I found pleasure in doing these things because i believed they were important to me. I worked hard to get the money, and I believed it was important to me.”
Osimhen is famous for his outstanding way of playing football, speed, focus and self-driven attitude.
According to Osimhen, his brother was a game changer because he sacrificed alot for him, despict hawking newspaper and pure water on the road of ojota, he still find money to get his younger brother Osimhen a boot.
Osimhen’s story changed when he was picked into U-17 national team from Synergy Ultimate Strikers Academy, with the help of Shira Ayila (the elder brother of former international Yusuf Ayila) who took him to the screening, where then coach Emmanuel Amuneke saw him.
Osimhen started his career at the Ultimate Strikers Academy of Lagos in 2016, where he played until 2017. He appeared first in the U-17 team in a 2014 friendly match. He scored two goals on this appearance. One of his best goals was his second goal against Zambia at the 2015 U-17 African Championship in Niger 2014. This, he believed was very good because it was solid reflection of what he had learned in training under coach Amuneke which is “accuracy first, before power.” He also believes it was a great tournament because the team was able to achieve their objective of qualifying for the World Cup in Chile. He was one of the top goal scorers at Niger 2015 with four goals in 6 matches. He is also currently tied at 9 goals with Ivory Coast’s Souleymane Coulibaly and France’s Florent Sinama Pongolle.
Osimhen was pivotal to the Nigeria’s U-17 success at the FIFA World Cup in Chile, scoring 10 goals to emerge the highest goal scorer at the comperition. After the World Cup, it was rumored that many huge clubs from England such as Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur, were after his services. Moments after he was named Youth Player of the Year at the Caf Awards in Abuja in January 2016, he announced he would pursue his professional career at Wolfsburg, a German Bundesliga club. According to him, the Wolfsburg’s coach assurances were a morale booster for him and that he prefers playing for the German club to any other club in Europe. He signed a three-and-a-half-year deal until June 2020.
Osimhen made his Bundesliga appearance for Wolfsburg, coming on as a substitute in the 59th minute in a 1–1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Osimhen also came on the following week in a pivotal relegation tie against Hamburger SV, on what was the final match day of the 2016–2017 season. He replaced defender Sebastian Jung with a 1–1 draw game, and Hamburg scored a late winner to pass Wolfsburg in the table, sending Wolfsburg to a relegation playoff with Eintracht Braunschweig. Osimhen was in the squad for both matches, receiving a cameo at the end of the second leg with Wolfsburg’s participation in the next Bundesliga confirmed, as they won 2–0 on aggregate.
Osimhen was named in 12 of the 17 matchday squads in the first half of the 2017–2018 season, appearing in 5 games. He earned his full Bundesliga appearance on 28 January 2018 against Hannover, playing the full 90 minutes in their 1–0 win. Osimhen made two more starts the rest of the campaign, playing the full match against Werder Bremen on 11 February and being replaced at the half by Daniel Didavi against Hertha Berlin on 31 March. Wolfsburg were again in the relegation playoff, but Osimhen missed out through injury. He also appeared in one game of Wolfsburg’s DFB Pokal campaign, replacing midfielder Josuha Guilavogui for the last ten minutes of their 1–0 defeat to Schalke in the quarter-final. On 2 May, Osimhen underwent shoulder surgery, ending his season with 12 appearances in the Bundesliga to his name.
Osimhen had summer trials with Belgian clubs Zulte Waregem and Club Brugge, who were the trending champions. However, a summer spell with malaria had affected his physical condition, and neither club decided to take him on loan. On 22 August 2018, Osimhen joined Belgian club Charleroi on a season-long loan deal, having failed to score in any of his 16 appearances with Wolfsburg. He replaced the departed Kaveh Rezaei, who was sold to Club Brugge after scoring 3 goals in the first three games of the season. Osimhen made his appearance on 1 September against Excel Mouscron, entering as a late substitute for Jérémy Perbet. Osimhen made his full appearance on 22 September, scoring his first goal as a professional with a backheel against Waasland-Beveren. Waasland-Beveren would equalise against 10-man Charleroi, and Perbet would later get sent off in the game as well, aiding manager Felice Mazzu’s selection up top. Osimhen would start with Adama Niane for the next four games, scoring the club’s only goal in losses to Cercle Brugge and Gent. He also scored twice in the last five minutes in a 3–2 win over Zulte Waregem on 21 October, after Hamdi Harbaoui had given Waregem a 2–1 lead with a second half brace. Osimhen was not dropped from the side until 25 November, when he scored a goal off the bench in the club’s 4–2 win over Lokeren. After the game, Osimhen told BBC Sport that he had “found his happiness again”. Osimhen finished the first half with a total number of eight (8) goals in 16 games, second only to Cristian Benavente in the team.
After a successful spell with the Belgian side, playing 36 games and scoring a total number of twenty (20) goals, Charleroi activated their option to acquire Osimhen following his satisfactory performances while on loan.
On 31 July 2020, Serie A club Napoli announced the signing of Osimhen, for a club-record fee of €70 million potentially rising to €80 million with add-ons, making him the most expensive African transfer to date.
On 17 October 2020, Osimhen scored his first goal for Napoli in a 4–1 win against Atalanta. Upon scoring, he held up a shirt calling for the ending of the ongoing police brutality in his home country of Nigeria.
On 13 November 2020, during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game played whilst on international break with Nigeria, Osimhen was stretchered off injured. This was then diagnosed as a shoulder injury that would keep Osimhen away from the playing field for two months.
While recovering from the injury, Osimhen was authorized by his club to spend time in his home country, where he got a chance to celebrate his birthday. It was during these birthday celebrations that it is believed Osimhen contracted the COVID-19 virus, as he tested positive upon returning to Naples. This positive test, together with his shoulder injury, kept Osimhen away from action until his return to the side on 29 January 2021, when he was subbed on for around twenty minutes of Napoli’s Coppa Italia win against Spezia.
On 29 October 2022, he scored his first Serie A hat-trick in a 4–0 win over Sassuolo.
On 11 November 2022, he scored a goal and assisted another to help Napoli win 2–1 at Atalanta, becoming Nigeria’s highest goal scorer in the Italian Serie with 32 goals, and surpassing Simy’s record of 31.
On 30 January 2023, he scored a goal in 17 minutes and assisted Giovanni Simeone to help Napoli win 2-1 in a match with Roma club, becoming the most dangerous striker ATM.
Victor Osimhen as humble and hardworking as he is discovered that he also has some social media platforms where he can be connected.
- @Victor Osimhen (@victorosimhen9) is his Instagram handle.
- @Victor Osimhen (@victorosimhen9) is his Twitter handle.