The goal scored by striker Victor Osimhen in the match of the 33rd round was his 22nd in Serie A 2022/23. This scoring shot brought the Scudetto to his club, and the Nigerian striker of Napoli himself gained the status of a top scorer in terms of the number of goals in a season in the Italian championship among African players. The previous record, owned by the legendary Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o, was set back in 2011. Then the Inter striker scored 21 times at the opponents’ goal.
In connection with the historical achievement of Osimhen, the 1xBet website offers to recall the main stages of the star forward’s career. Victor James was born in December 1998 in Lagos. His first professional club was the Nigerian Ultimate Strikers, from where the talented striker was regularly called up to the country’s youth teams. As part of the U-17 team, Victor won the 2015 World Championship. Moreover, at that memorable tournament in Chile, Osimhen was the top scorer with 10 goals in 7 matches.
Naturally, such a performance attracted the attention of many serious clubs, and already in 2017 the football player moves to Europe. This is not to say that the career immediately went up. Before moving to Napoli, Victor changed several teams:
- “Wolfsburg”. During 2 seasons in Germany (2017-2018), the player appeared on the field only 16 times and did not score a single goal.
- “Charleroi”. In Belgium, where the striker was sent on loan, Osimhen finally managed to demonstrate his goalscoring talent. In 36 matches of the 2018/2019 season, he scored 20 goals.
- “Lille”. The French club bought the Nigerian’s contract for 12 million euros. In 38 games of the season, Victor scored 18 times.
The Italian part of the athlete’s career, during which he turned from a promising striker into a star of European football, began in 2020.
Performances in the “Napoli”
In July 2020, Napoli officially announced the signing of Victor Osimhen. The amount of the transfer was a record for African football. The player cost the club 70 million euros (plus up to 10 million additional payments in the form of bonuses – source 1x Bet). For the first two seasons in Italy, the striker scored regularly, but not as much as the team and fans would like. In the 2020/21 draw, he scored 10 times in 24 league matches, in 2021/22 he scored 14 goals in 27 games. Injury prevented him from demonstrating more.
The current season of Serie A has become truly triumphant for Napoli. The club secured the championship 5 rounds before the end of it, which Naples had been waiting for since 1990. Osimhen himself has already set his own performance record and is close to the title of top scorer in the Italian championship. In the Champions League, the striker showed himself no less brightly, finishing his performances in the tournament with 5 goals.
Already, there are lots of talks that in the summer the Nigerian can move to PSG, Real Madrid or one of the English top clubs. Napoli announced that if they release the player, then at least for 150 million euros.