Victor Osimhen biography

  1. Victor James Osimhen MFR (born 29 December 1998) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national team. Considered one of the best strikers in the world, he is known for his elite finishing, pace, strength and athleticism.[3][4][5][6]
Victor Osimhen

Osimhen with Napoli in 2023
Personal information
Full name Victor James Osimhen[1]
Date of birth 29 December 1998 (age 25)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Position(s) Striker
Team information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
Ultimate Strikers Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2019 VfL Wolfsburg 14 (0)
2018–2019 → Charleroi (loan) 25 (12)
2019 Charleroi 0 (0)
2019–2020 Lille 27 (13)
2020– Napoli 96 (57)
International career
2015 Nigeria U17 7 (10)
2015–2019 Nigeria U23 4 (3)
2017– Nigeria 28 (21)
Medal record
Men’s football
Representing  Nigeria
Africa Cup of Nations
Third place 2019 Egypt
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Winner 2015 Chile
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:23, 23 December 2023 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20:00, 14 January 2024 (UTC)

Born in Nigeria, Osimhen began his senior career in Germany at VfL Wolfsburg in 2017.[7] Following a season and a half at the club, he moved to Belgian side Charleroi on loan in 2018–19, before moving to Ligue 1 with Lille, scoring eighteen goals in his sole season with the French club.

In 2020, Osimhen transferred to Serie A side Napoli for a club-record fee of €70 million, and won the Serie A Best Young Player award in the 2021–22 season. In the following campaign, he finished as the league’s top scorer with 26 goals, a record-high for an African player, as he helped Napoli win a first Serie A title for 33 years. For his efforts, he won the league’s Best Striker award, before also being named Serie A Footballer of the Year a few months later. Osimhen is currently the highest scoring African player in the history of Serie A.[8][9]

Osimhen won the Golden Boot award at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which Nigeria won.[10] He made his senior international debut in June 2017, and played at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and 2023. He is currently the joint-third all-time highest goalscorer of the Nigeria national team.[11] On 29 May 2023, Osimhen was made a Member of the Federal Republic by President Muhammadu Buhari.[12]

Osimhen finished in eighth place at the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony, becaming the first Nigerian to make the top ten of the French award.[13] He was also named the African Footballer of the Year at the 2023 CAF Awards, the first Nigerian to receive this honour since Nwankwo Kanu in 1999.[14]