Victor James Osimhen, commonly known as Osimhen, hails from Lagos State, Nigeria, born on December 29, 1998, into a family of six as the youngest member. His roots trace back to Edo State, under the guidance of his father, Pa Osimhen. Rising as a Nigerian football sensation, Osimhen garnered attention following his remarkable performance at the 2015 U-17 FIFA World Cup, propelled by the influence of watching his elder brother engage in the sport.
His professional journey led him through VfL Wolfsburg in Germany in 2017 for a season and a half, followed by a loan spell at Belgian side Charleroi in 2018/2019. Later, he ventured to Lille in France, marking his European football debut in the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League. In 2020, Napoli secured his services for a club-record fee of €70 million. Notably, Osimhen claimed the Serie A Best Young Player award in the 2021/2022 season and contributed significantly to Napoli’s Serie A title win after 33 years. His tenure at Napoli garnered accolades, including the “Highest Goal Scorer in Africa in Serie A,” and he remains the record holder for the most goals scored by an African footballer in a single season.
Osimhen’s international acclaim began with his Golden Boot win at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, coinciding with Nigeria’s victory. He debuted in senior international football in June 2017, later participating in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. He currently holds the fourth-highest goal-scoring record in the history of the Nigerian national team. President Muhammadu Buhari bestowed upon Osimhen the honor of a Member of the Federal Republic on May 29, 2023.
At the 2023 CAF awards on December 11, Osimhen clinched the Best Male Player of the Year in Africa, a feat unmatched by a Nigerian since Kanu Nwankwo in 1999, 24 years earlier. Additionally, he made history as the first Nigerian to secure the 8th spot in the 2023 Ballon d’Or, held in Paris. Simultaneously, he repeated his achievement by earning the Best Male Player of the Year in Africa at the 2023 CAF awards, paralleling Kanu Nwankwo’s triumph in 1999.
In his personal life, Victor Osimhen is presently unmarried but shares a daughter with his girlfriend, Stephanie. Despite being a Napoli striker, he maintains a private stance on his personal matters, evading the scrutiny of the media. On October 6, 2022, they welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their lives, naming her Haly.
Victor Osimhen commands a substantial salary of £120,000 weekly and an annual income of £6,240,000 while playing for Napoli, positioning him among the most affluent Super Eagles players. His contract with the Italian club is set to conclude in 2025. Estimates place his net worth at £13,598,000.