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Osimhen picks Eto’o as mentor

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • Victor James Osimhen has confessed Samuel Eto’o Fils shaped his career
  • Osimhen is making waves these days for Napoli like Eto’o did for Inter
  • 24-year-old Osimhen helped Napoli win the Scudetto for the first time in 32 years last year 
  • The Lagos boy is a King in Naples as Eto’o was in Milan

Napoli SSL striker, Victor James Osimhen has named Cameroon football legend Samuel Eto’o Fils, who is considered to be one of Africa’s best of all time, as his role model.

The 24-year-old Lagos boy on the books of the current Serie A champions is arguably one of the best strikers in the world, who has been spearheading Rudi Garcia’s attack ever since he joined the club in the summer of 2019.

In a recent interview with Dairio Sport, Osimhen talked about his best club back in the days in Lagos and who made him cherish the club.

“I come from a neighbourhood where things were difficult. When I was young, my favorite team was Barcelona with Samuel Eto’o.”

“It is still my favourite club to date,” the former Lille striker added.

The recent declaration adds Osimhen to the list of the lovers of that great Barcelona team that won the historic treble during Pep Guardiola’s breakthrough season at the Camp Nou.

Eto’o played a pivotal part in that triumph and went on to play for Napoli’s bitter-rival Inter Milan.

However, Osimhen could rather make a move from Italy to Spain one day.

Joao Cancelo made a similar declaration earlier this year and ended up joining the club last summer.

Osimhen’s outing can only fuel speculations about a move to Barcelona in future especially in the heat of the current disagreement with the club.

The Italian side posted a video on TikTok with a high pitched voice showing Osimhen missing a penalty in their 0-0 draw against Bologna on Sunday, which was later deleted.

Osimhen’s agent Roberto Calenda later threatened legal action, while the 24-year-old player removed all images of himself in a Napoli shirt from his social media accounts.

Despite the row, he played and scored in Napoli’s 4-1 league win over Udinese on Wednesday to take his tally to four goals in seven games this season.

Champion Napoli is fifth in the league standings and will face Lecce on Saturday before hosting Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Osimhen helped Napoli end its 33-year wait for a league title last season as he was Serie A top scorer with 26 goals.

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