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Osimhen: I Cleaned Gutter For N20 For My Late Landlord As A Child

Nigeria international and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen’s grass to grace story is well known to the football world.

The 23 years old has now touched a novel part in his recent interview with King Ekong, the You Tube channel owned by his international team-mate and Watford defender, William Troost-Ekong.

The former Lille striker stated that he was living a dream he had since his was a child, adding that he was inspired my many legends like Didier Drogba, Mikel John Obi and Odion Ighalo and chased cars and cleanes gutters in the streets on Lagos in Nigeria.

He said: “I feel good. It’s like it’s a dream for me, a dream of a child coming out of the slums. I just wanted to become a professional player, inspired by many great legends, such as Didier Drogba, Mikel John Obi, Odion Ighalo and others, and I feel that being able to achieve this feat is one of my greatest achievements in life.

“I’m grateful to God. Where I grew up nothing is promised there, because whatever you want to achieve, you have to work hard to get it. I remember as I was growing up, I was cleaning the gutter for N20 for my late landlord. I did some cleaning work for my neighbours, bringing them water fo N80, and I found pleasure in doing these things.

“When I work so hard to get this money, it is so important to me how I get this money because I am aware of how I spend it and have helped my family with it. 

“While I was growing up, my brother was seling newspapers, my sister was sellin oranges, and I was in traffic chasing cars to give them water to get money and give them th change back. I feel that difficulties have really helped me in life and I am grateful for where I am today because what I have been through has shaped me for the man I am today and I am truly grateful to God for that.”   

From a child striving to survive in the streets of Nigeria, Osimhen has become one of Africa’s great stars and one of the most feared strikers in Europe. He joined Napoli from Lille last summer for 70 million euros, making him the club’s record signing and the most expensive player in Africa.

Osimhen etched his name in global football history by emerging top scorer at the 2015 FIFA U17 World finals in Chile, helping Nigeria win the trophy a record fifth time.

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