Napoli to take toy company to court over Osimhen doll

Napoli to take toy company to court over Osimhen doll
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As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. Nigerian star striker Victor Osimhen has had a turbulent couple of weeks, with his club Napoli in the eye of the storm.

Once again, the forward who fired blanks in the UEFA Champions League tie against Real Madrid in their 2-3 loss is in the thick of things again.

Napoli is being dragged into a potential legal battle with a toy company in Italy.

Osimhen first drew negative press following his reaction to being substituted in the game against Bologna.

It was followed by the Serie A champions recently releasing a statement concerning Osimhen and the TikTok video released on their social media handle.

Napoli made the statement following a threat of legal action against the Serie A champions by the agent of Osimhen.

While the heat of the TikTok video is still dissipating, Napoli have another battle on their hands.

Osimhen doll puts Napoli on the tail of an Italian toy company

Osimhen in the eye of the storm again
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The Partenopei announced on Thursday afternoon, they intend to take legal action against a prominent toy shop in Italy.

According to the Serie A club, the toy shop produced an unlicensed doll with an uncanny resemblance to Victor Osimhen.

The doll has a protective mask. It also has the number nine with a light blue jersey and a blonde tuft of curly hair.

The description uncannily is a description of the former Lille striker.

The doll has gone viral on social media, forcing Napoli to seek legal redress against the toy company.

Toy company has no license to produce Osimhen doll

Napoli argues that the production of the doll by the toy company is an infringement on his image rights.

The doll is dubbed Cicciobello Bomber – meaning Cute attacker and hugg.

The doll was launched by Giochi Preziosi, the company owned by former Genesis Enrico Preziosi.

Napoli says the club did not sanction the production of the doll and is heading to the court to seek redress.

Osimhen might leave next summer

Osimhen could leave Napoli in the summer
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Perhaps this is a situation that Napoli would have loved to avoid, following the recent issues it has had to deal with after the Osimhen TikTok video.

The situation has heightened rumours of a possible departure of the Nigerian striker next summer.

The latest scenario comes on the heels of the Napoli star deleting all his photos, including his time at the club on Instagram.

Whilst these rumours continue to rage, the club president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has insisted that Victor Osimhen's future is not up for discussion.

According to De Laurentiis, there is no problem with the contract renewal of Victor Osimhen, as everyone in Napoli is happy.

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).