The Nigerian footballer whose name is on everyone's lips right now is Victor Osimhen. The Super Eagle striker is currently the most expensive player in Nigeria.
With his new status, football enthusiasts would want to know all about him. From how he started till his recent transfer.
Naijauto.com has decided to take you on that journey by profiling Victor Osimhen biography, net worth, cars, and latest transfer news.
1.Victor Osimhen biography
1.1. Who is Victor Osimhen?
Victor James Osimhen is a Nigerian professional football player who currently plays as a center forward for the Italian side, S.S.C. Napoli and Super Eagles, Nigeria national football team.
Osimhen's early career
Osimhen's journey to football all began at his primary school field, which was the meeting ground for youth in the community. Most evenings, the striker throngs out with his friends to watch local footballers play. One of those players was Victor’s elder brother, Andrew who is believed to ingrain in him the massive love for the sport. Also, under the guidance and training of his brother, Victor learned how to play football and this was where everything started.
The forward striker embarked on playing football in the community and it didn't take long for local football scouts to discover his talent. Victor was invited to Ultimate Strikers Academy in Lagos State and that was where he had his first trial.
His success with the academy ushered him into playing for the Golden Eagles U-17 Nigerian team under coach Emmanuel Amuneke.
Victor impressed football scouts with his skills when they came for him!
Victor Osimhen's amazing performance helped the national team to qualify for the World Cup. He was instrumental to the team's feat at the 2015 FIFA World Cup held in Chile. The striker scored 10 goals to become the highest goal scorer in the competition.
Osimhen's international journey
For all his dedication in the game, Victor was awarded the 2015 African Youth Player of the Year. These achievements opened doors to many international offers as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City sought after his services. All of those clubs got declined by the young talent and instead, he settled down with German Bundesliga Club, Wolfsburg.
Victor's professional career with the German club was a three and half year deal which took effect in January 2016. He made his debut for the club in May 2017. Till his departure from Wolfsburg, the striker didn't score a goal as his session was riddled with injury and sickness.
On 22 August 2018, Belgium club, Charleroi signed Victor Osimhen on a season-long loan deal over his failure to score a goal for Wolfsburg. He made his first appearance on 1 September as a late substitute during a match against Excel Mouscron. After a successful stint with Charleroi, having played 36 games while scoring 20 goals, the Belgian side decided to sign up Osimhen.
In July 2019, Victor Osimhen signed up for Lille OSC and made his debut for the club on 11 August 2019. He scored a goal against Nantes with the match ending in his club's favor. Osimhen finished the season as Lille's top scorer by netting 13 goals in 25 matches.
Moving forward with his career, Serie A club, Napoli signed Victor Osimhen on 31 July 2020 for a club-record fee of €70 million, which could potentially rise to €81.3 million.
The forward striker was instrumental to Super Eagles' qualification for the 2015 FIFA World Cup!
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1.2 Victor Osimhen goals
During his stint with Lille last season, Victor netted 18 goals for the club in the 2019/2020 session. He scored four goals for the Super Eagles team.
1.3 Victor Osimhen's age
Victor Osimhen was born on 29 December 1998 in Lagos State. He is 21 years old and will turn 22 in December. Osimhen was raised in Olusosun, around Oregun, Ikeja.
1.4 Victor Osimhen's family
Victor was born into the family of Elder Patrick Osimhen. His mother is late and he's the last child out of six children birthed by his parents.
The striker's parents are from Esan South East LGA in Edo state. So Victor Osimhen state of origin is Edo State.
His family moved to Lagos to ease the hardship but things weren't rosy there as well. Victor had to hawk sachets of water and other petty commodities on the street to raise money for his education and family's survival until football came calling.
Sadly, Osimhen lost his dad in May 2020. He shared the news on his Twitter handle. Patrick Osimhen died at the age of 80 after a brief illness.
Victor lost his father in May 2020 after a brief illness!
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2. Victor Osimhen net worth
The forward striker's net worth is estimated to be $2.31 billion. Victor Osimhen profile in the transfer market says his market value is €40 million.
Remarkably, he recently signed an €81 million contract with Napoli with the club's president, Aurelio De Laurentis stating Victor Osimhen salary will be between €4 million - €4.5 million annually.
Asides that, the striker is also a brand promoter for Nike.
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3. Victor Osimhen cars and houses
At the moment, Victor is focused on building his career as a professional footballer. He hasn't disclosed any details about his house. We’ll keep you updated on that when he does.
Victor Osimhen is focused on building a successful career as a professional footballer!
Victor as a young footballer is living a simple lifestyle and is just fine with cruising around in a Mercedes-Benz and Land Cruiser. We believe his new deal with Napoli will set him up on another level, with regards to acquiring luxurious whips like the top ten richest footballers in Nigeria 2020.
3.1. Victor Osimhen Cars
- Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a powerful car that's built for the rugged roads in Nigeria. With a V6 engine and better fuel mileage known for Toyota brands.
Victor is currently riding a Land Cruiser
4. Victor Osimhen latest news
Victor Osimhen transfer was the latest news about the forward striker which set the internet buzzing.
Osimhen signed a five-year contract deal with Italian club Napoli. The deal will see the forward striker receiving €81 million, thereby making Victor Osimhen the most expensive player in Nigeria. The record transfer happens to be the fourth biggest transfer in the history of Series A.
With Victor joining Napoli club, he is now the most expensive football player in Nigeria!
4.1 Victor Osimhen transfer
Here's Victor Osimhen's transfer history
- January 1, 2017 - From Ultimate Strikers Academy to Wolfsburg
- August 22, 2018 - From Wolfsburg to RSC Charleroi
- June 30, 2019 - From Charleroi to Wolfsburg
- July 1, 2019 - From Wolfsburg to Charleroi
- August 1, 2019 - From Charleroi to LOSC Lille
- September 1, 2020 - From Lille to SSC Napoli
4.2 Victor Osimhen Instagram
To connect with Victor Osimhen on Instagram, follow this link- https://instagram.com/victorosimhen9?igshid=141zz0d42tsc8
We wish Victor Osimhen many winnings as he settles down with Napoli!
Victor Osimhen is set to settle in his new club with the help of his teammates. And while we wish him well on this move, we look forward to hearing more about him in this space.
Hopefully, this article about Victor Osimhen biography, net worth, cars, and latest news has provided detailed information about the forward striker.