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Victor Osimhen: From the streets of Ajegunle to becoming the king of Naples.

For the meteoric rise of a boy just 22, you would be pardoned to think Victor Osimhen was a man born with silver spoon and found his way to the top easily. Born in the city of Lagos, Victor James Osimhen was the last of seven children fathered by Patrick Osimhen. Victor lost his mother at a tender age, forcing him and his siblings to the streets to fend for themselves. Young Osimhen grew up in Olusosun community located around Ikeja, Lagos. He supported his mother's sachet water business before her death and continued after her death to raise money for his education, His elder brother was later forced to drop out from school inorder to make more money for his siblings' education. His father was interested in his education but gave up after he noticed Victor skips classes for football, He decided to give him a break to play football and hopefully he would continue much later.

Victor continued his hustle for money and football simultaneously, he would sometimes have his football boots seized for owing community traders and couldn't even afford to pay at the viewing centre, so he stay by the window to watch his favorite club play. His friends claimed his favorite club then was Chelsea Football Club whom he scored against in the Champions League two seasons ago while plying his trade for Lille OSC but his biggest picture would be to play for Barcelona one day.

After various trainings at the National stadium, Osimhen got a call up to the Nigeria U17 side in Abuja and his determination, talent and zeal saw him selected to travel with the Golden Eaglets to Chile in 2015 where he was the highest goalscorer with a record 10 goals.

Despite scoring 39 goals for the junior national side before the world cup, He announced himself to the world at Chile and got many offers from top clubs across Europe including Tottenham Hotspur, all of which he rejected to settle with German side, Wolfsburg. He struggled with life in Germany and was unable to find the net for his side in 14 appearances. He was shipped out on loan to Belgian side, Charleroi where he scored his first professional goal and added 19 more, earning him a permanent move from Wolfsburg.

Not long after, He signed for Lille OSC where he scored 18 goals in his first season, Was Player of the Month in September, 2019 and ended up being Lille's player of the season. This was enough to earn him a big money move to Italian giants, Napoli where he already 18 goals and 4 assists to his name.

He started this season stronger than ever with 8 goals and 1 assist already in just 9 matches including a late winner against Torino last weekend. His side are currently top of the table as their 100% league form continues. Despite the falls and rise, the sicknesses and Injuries, the rejections and disappointments in front of goal, the lack of trust from coaches and fans, Unbelief from Pundits, Victor James Osimhen has risen above them all to be reckoned not just as the most expensive player from Africa but currently the hottest striker from Africa. His humble beginning has taught us that there is space at the top for anyone who is ready to fight for it. Thank God for raising another king, from Ajegunle to Napoli and to the world. Thank God for a dream come true. Thank God for Osimhen.

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