Life has many twists and turns but it takes tough souls to swim out of the storms and that is the story of Nigeria international, Victor Osimhen.
Now 24-years, joined Italian Serie A club, Napoli in 2020 for a deal worth 70 million Euros from French outfit, Lille.
The lanky striker talks about the feeling of joining one of the most valuable clubs in Italy
“It feels good, just started like a dream, a boyhood dream from the slums and to be able to achieve this feat is one of my biggest achievements in my career.” Victor Osimhen told fellow Super Eagle star, William Troost-Ekong.
While jostling in the crowded streets of Lagos to make ends meet by selling sachet water, Osimhen’s other brother, Andrew shuttled between vehicles selling newspapers to help keep body and soul together.
Their sister, Esther was not left out of the struggles as she made efforts to introduce her sweet oranges to customers commuting in and around Lagos.
Osimhen describes the street life and challenges as “life shaping experience.”
“I feel like these struggles have helped me life and I’m grateful for where I am today because what I’ve been through has shaped me into the man I am today and I thank God for that.” Victor Osimhen told Troost-Ekong.
Osimhen has done menial jobs like cleaning gutters for his late landlord and fetching water for neighbors just to earn monies as paltry as 20 and 80 Naira respectively.
WINNING THE SCUDETTO
Napoli were awaiting their first title in 33-years and they needed a draw at Udinese to achieve that feat.
The Super Eagle made sure that happened with a blistering performance at the Dacia Arena.
Victor Osimhen smashed in a 52nd-minute equaliser after Sandi Lovric had given Udinese a shock lead.
And Napoli held on to the point they needed to win their third Serie A title with five games to spare.
“Seeing Neapolitans happy is enough to give you a sense of that joy they are feeling,” Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti told DAZN.
“These people will look to this moment when life gets hard, they have every right to celebrate like this.
“You feel a bit more relaxed knowing that you’ve given them this moment of happiness.”
“It is an amazing feeling, we have waited so many years for this moment. To be able to deliver the Scudetto to the Neapolitans is something that we will never forget in a hurry and will continue to live in our hearts for the rest of our lives,” Osimhen said to DAZN after the game.
Victor Osimhen will go into history books as the striker who played a key role in Napoli’s first ever title win post late Argentina legend, Diego Armando Maradona.
This article was written by Adamu Muftawu for Africa-foot.com and relayed by kick442.com as an official media partner.