June 23, 2024
Who is Osimhen: bio, career and characteristics of the Napoli striker

Victor Osimhen Biography

Victor James Osimhen is a striker for Napoli and the Nigerian national team. He was born in Lagos , Nigeria, on 29 December 1998 . The youngest of six brothers, Victor immediately found himself having to work to help his family by selling bottles of water at the traffic lights in his city, all this while attending Olusosun school where he started playing football.

Orphan of a mother, who passed away a few years ago, he has a daughter with his current partner Stephanie.

The career of Victor Osimhen

From 2010 to 2017 Osimhen played in the youth team of the Strikers Academy, in Lagos. Once he turned 18 he was purchased by German club  Wolfsburg with whom he signed a professional contract.

In Germany, Osimhen made 15 appearances without ever scoring. In 2018, he goes on loan to Belgian team  Charleroi . The first satisfactions arrive in the Belgian championship: in his second season as a professional, Victor scores 12 goals in 25 appearances in the Pro League , the top Belgian championship.

The team that does not miss Osimhen’s talent is  Lille  who purchased him in 2019 for the sum of 12 million euros. In Ligue 1, Osimhen begins to assert himself, so much so that he scores 13 goals in 27 league appearances, confirming himself as a great talent.

Victor osimhen

The arrival at Napoli

In 2020, the turning point for his career, Napoli arrived : they took over Osimhen’s contract for around 70 million euros. With this operation Victor Osimhen turns out to be the most expensive purchase in the entire history of Napoli. 

Money that would later prove to be well spent by De Laurentiis’ club, so much so that the numbers prove the blue club right, given that the Nigerian began to score from his first appearances in the top Italian league (despite the various unfortunate injuries). Coming to today where his goal average is very high and is under the eyes of all the experts, scoring 25 goals and 4 assists in 26 matches in the championship and Champions Leaguein the current season .

The technical characteristics of the blue number 9

Victor Osimhen plays the role of  striker, he is capable of playing in any offensive position, but prefers the role of central striker . Equipped with a great physique, 1.86m tall, he is very powerful, he appears to be very fast in running, in his progression he is elusive, quick in his executions which lead him to have an excellent finisher at the net. His aerial play is also one of his strong points. He is very often compared to the African champion Didier Droga, who was his idol as a child.

How much does Osimhen earn

Osimhen currently receives a salary of 4.5 million euros and is the highest paid Napoli player, together with the Mexican Hirving Lozano.

Osimhen is contractually linked to Napoli until 2025 . The salaries are divided as follows:

  • Until June 2022 he received 4 million net
  • In 2023 and 2024 he received  4.25 million net
  • In 2025 4.5 million net

The Nigerian striker’s contract also provides for other types of bonuses which are around one hundred thousand euros and which are activated upon reaching certain goal thresholds and certain phases of the various competitions.

As regards image rights, Victor Osimhen has already grossed €609,921 net in the first year. In the second year he collected €691,518 net like what he will collect until 2025.

The mask and Osimhen-mania

His injury in the match away to Inter remains famous, following a fortuitous clash with Skriniar, where he was forced to make a substitution due to a facial problem near his left eye. Taken to the Niguarda hospital in Milan for a suspected head injury, tests highlighted multiple displaced fractures of the orbit and left cheekbone, hence the use of a protective mask during the race.

The mask has now become one of his distinctive features: Victor is the idol of the fans and especially of the children who ask their parents to dress “like Osimhen” for Carnival, strictly with the mask and blond hair.
A real Osimhen-mani broke out in Naples: Easter eggs, cakes, bouquets of flowers: everything with the iconic black mask, almost like a superhero.

Victor Osimhen in brief


Personal information

Born on 29/12/1998 in Lagos

Height: 186cm

Weight: 78kg

Dominance: right-handed


Shirt number: 9

Teams he played for:

  • Wolfsburg from 2017 to 2018
  • Charleroi from 2018 to 2019
  • Lille from 2019 to 2020
  • Naples from 2020 to 2024

Prizes awarded:

  • World Under-17 Championship in 2015
  • Golden boot of the under-17 world championship in 2015
  • Nigerian Footballer of the Year in 2020
  • Nigerian Footballer of the Year 2021
  • Nigerian Forward of the Year in 2020
  • Nigerian Forward of the Year in 2021
  • Lega Serie A awards: best young player in 2022
  • Globe Soccer Awards in 2022
  • 2023 Men’s Player of the Year!


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