May 27, 2024
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Victor Osimhen has cemented his place among the world’s leading strikers.

The goals have flowed. The titles have followed. So have the accolades.

In December, the Nigerian won the CAF African Player of The Year 2023 in Marrakech.

The 25-year-old was recognized for a remarkable year in which he won the Italian Serie A with Napoli and finished as the league’s top scorer.

Osimhen gave an emotional speech after receiving the award

Many across the globe were pleasantly surprised by the maturity and humility in Osimhen’s acceptance speech.

But what other surprises are there to the 25-year-old goal poacher?

Family

Osimhen and his sister Blessing

Victor Osimhen was born in Lagos on 29th December 1998, as the last of his parent’s six children. The Osimhen family originates from Southern Nigeria, precisely Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State in Nigeria.

In the small community of Olusosun near Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos, Osimhen was raised with his brother Andrew and four other siblings.

World record in 2015

Osimhen first caught the world’s attention when he led the Nigerian U-17 team to victory in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2015. He was awarded the Golden Boot and the Silver Ball.

Others may have won the individual awards before, but Osimhen did his in style.

He scored 10 goals to set a new record at the tournament, breaking the long-standing record of nine goals in a single tournament previously held jointly by Frenchman Florent Sinama Pongolle and Ivorian Souleymane Coulibaly.

Osimhen poses with the two awards at the FIFA U-17 World Cup

Rejecting Arsenal at 17

Osimhen has established himself as one of the best strikers in the World. At Napoli, he has found a home at a top, competitive club.

But there is also the alternate world where Osimhen does not end up in Naples.

Oh no, it’s not as bad as you think. The alternate home is in London. North London. Arsenal.

Back in 2015, Osimhen was a hot cake.

After his record-breaking campaign at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, the world’s top football clubs lined up for his signature. Arsenal got pretty close.

As Osimhen recounts, there was even a conversation with then-Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger.

“I spoke with Arsene Wenger after the tournament ended and he wanted me to come to Arsenal,” he said.

“I had a lot of options. Barcelona, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and the rest. Arsenal was a good option but it wasn’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing as soon as I turned 18. I wanted to go to a place where I had time to invest in my game and improve physically. Wolfsburg showed me that possibility.”

Love Life

Osimhen’s German girlfriend Stephanie Ladewig

Osimhen is currently dating German hot-shot Stefanie Ladewig.

The pair reportedly met during Osimhen’s Bundesliga stint with VFL Wolfsburg. At the time, Ladewig was a cheerleader for Wolfsburg.

It is not known the exact time the couple started their relationship, but Osimhen and Stefanie have been together since meeting in Germany.

Although they are yet to be married, Osimhen and Ladewig’s affair has produced a daughter named Hailey.

Osimhen and his girlfriend pose for the cameras during Napoli’s end of season celebrations in May

Idolizing Drogba

Osimhen has often spoken of his admiration for Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

“Drogba is the type of player who doesn’t give up and possesses fighting spirit. He is also very passionate; always serious on the field and whatever the circumstance he would try and score for his team,” he said in an interview with ESPN.

Drogba recently congratulated him for his strong performances in Serie A and Champions League.



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