Victor James Osimhen (born 29 December 1998) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national team.
Born in Nigeria, Osimhen began his senior career in Germany at VfL Wolfsburg in 2017. Following a season and a half at the club, he moved to Belgian side Charleroi on loan in 2018–19, before moving to France at Lille. In 2020, Osimhen transferred to Serie A club Napoli for a club-record fee of €70 million.
In a conducted interview recently featuring the striker prior to his goal scoring form, he revealed that he had struggled to make ends meet.
“I remember when I was growing up, I was cleaning the gutters for 20 Naira, for my landlord and did some cleaning jobs for my neighbours close to my house, fetch water for 80 Naira.”
“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.”
Napoli’s head coach, Spalleti, has unreserved praise for the humble striker after he revealed he was lucky to have the Nigerian international in his team.
Osimhen is widely known for his agility, speed, focus, and self-driven attitude.
He’s 22 years of age and his height is 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in). A Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national team.
Born into a poor family background, Victor Osimhen grew up with the support of his elder brother Andrew, who had abandoned school ambitions to sponsor Osimhen’s schooling.
To assist his brother in lifting the burden, Osimhen started hawking to help further his education.
Although Victor Osimhen had shown tendencies to have football skills at a very young age, he started learning from his elder brother Andrew, who played in their community as Osimhen would go along with him to watch him play.
Osimhen’s love for the ball grew gradually as he was fond of Chelsea’s Drogba and a fan of the club itself.
He often sees himself as Drogba and wished to be like the Ivorian.
Victor Osimhen’s footballing talent could not be hidden or denied, and this made it possible for his family to support him in the best possible way, hoping that the dreams he had might come true, helping him in the best possible way.
His brother Andrew, despite abandoning his education for his younger brother, had to let go of football dreams too, due to the obvious fact that Victor, although younger, was better at football. He then continued to work in order to help build his younger brother’s professional career.
Luckily, amidst all these preparations, Osimhen was discovered by some scouts who picked him for the Ultimate Strikers Academy before he was discovered by Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets under-17 head coach, Amuneke.
On his debut at international level, Osimhen bagged a brace at the under-17 FIFA World Cup.
He scored ten goals in the competition, winning the competition’s golden boot as well as claiming the silver ball for the tournament.
Parents and Family
Victor Osimhen Parents- His dad- Elder Partick & late Mum. Victor’s parents have their family origin from Southern Nigeria precisely Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State in Nigeria. His family surname is “Osimhen” which means ‘God is good’ in the native Ishan dialect.
Osimhen and his family were living in a room rented apartments, but life became harder when his father, late Pa Patrick Osimhen lost his job after the death of his mother.
The young Osimhen struggled to deal with the death of his mother, who was his number fan at the time.
“The day she left us, it was really painful. She was the one I was always with because she would give me so much confidence. Every time I score, I look up to the sky to thank God, and also to say to my mom, ‘I hope you’re watching this and you’re proud of me.’” he said in an interview.
After the death of his mother, life continued to tougher as his father could not afford to take of him and his sister all by himself, but his brother, Andrew Osimhen who is the first child of the family came into the rescue.
Andrew was a striker like Victor and they played for the senior amateur side in Lagos, however Andrew decided to let go of his dream to become a football player in order to support his father in taking care of his siblings.
“My brother was a very good striker, I always wanted to be like him, because I was in the junior team when he was in the senior.”
“He could do so many things with the ball, but sadly things became so hard for the family and he had to look for other job in order to take care of us” Osimhen said.
Andrew later became a vendor in Ojota and the little Osimhen will join him to sell water on the street after his training.
“The breadwinner was my elder brother and the fourth-born of the house, because they were working then. They were the ones catering for us, the rest of the children. It wasn’t easy at all.”
“He was a vendor, he sold newspapers in the traffic in Ojota. So every time I would go to him, ‘Bro, I need boots, I need boots.’ But he didn’t have much time [to listen]. So then when I went there, I’d be crying and following him in the [traffic] when he was selling papers.
“Eventually, he took me to Yaba [a middle-class market where goods are sold at cheap prices] to get me my first boots. Surprisingly, the boots are still with me. I kept them.” he said.
Andrew was the game changer in the life of his brother Victor who is the last born of the family , he was unselfish and sacrificed his career for the betterment of his brother and sisters.
The story later changed for better after Osimhen was drafted into the 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.
“You could instantly tell when he came to the Under-17 camp that we have a striker capable of scoring goals and helping the team,” said Amuneke. “He had hunger, passion for the game and extra motivation to succeed. It was not a difficult choice to pick him, and we saw that when he delivered.” Amuneke said.
The success at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup in Chile changed Osimhen’s story completely as he set a tournament record with 10 goals, leading Nigeria to victory and landed a lucrative deal with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
“Yes, I won the World Cup and the golden boot for my country in 2015, but what ranks as the biggest success was taking my family out of the slum and giving them a deserved better life. Nothing else gives me more satisfaction in life than seeing them smile and laugh at last. Comfort is not hearing the fans scream my name but my family having a reason to be happy at last. I still want to do more for them.” he said.
For Andrew , it is a win win situation for him as his brother continued to hit greater heights and keep making him proud, In addition, he’s also living a better life now and not longer a vendor on the street of Ojota.
The beautiful Nigerian lady Blessing Osimhen is the sister of popular Nigerian Professionall Football star Victor Osimhen who plays in Europe.
Both Blessing and Victor Osimhen were born to their late mother and father Mr. Patrick Osimhen in the city of Lagos, Nigeria.
Blessing is very precious to her handsome famous younger brother Victor, was born as the last child of their parents’ six children. The 22 years old footballer usually shares photos of his beautiful elder sister on her birthdays.
Though Blessing and Osimhen were born and raised in Lagos state, they are originally from Esan tribe in Edo state, Nigeria. Their family surname which is “Osimhen” means “God is good” in the native Esan dialect.
Victor Osimhen is currently not yet married to any woman for now. Victor Osimhen is also not engaged and has no wedding story to tell.
Children and Kids
Victor Osimhen does not have any kids or children at the moment.
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