Victor Osimhen is a household name in Nigeria, Africa, and the world. The Nigeria Super Eagles helped Napoli win the Italian title for the first time in 33 years in the 2022-23 season, topping the scoring charts with 26 goals from 32 Serie A matches.
Osimhen's stats, eye for goal, and ability to link with the midfield has made him a unique asset, one which Napoli want to keep. The club rejected massive bids from Saudi Arabia for the Nigerian striker recently, but for how long?
With the start of the new European season within touching distance, we delve into the life of Osimhen, his early life, career, family, net worth, and rise to fame.
Read on to get a comprehensive picture of how much Osimhen earns in Napoli, his current market value, and the latest news surrounding the Nigerian star.
- 1 Victor Osimhen childhood
- 2 Victor Osimhen early career
- 3 Victor Osimhen rise to fame
- 4 Latest Victor Osimhen news
- 5 Osimhen nominated for 2023 Ballon d’Or award
- 6 Victor Osimhen net worth
- 7 Victor Osimhen cars
- 8 Victor Osimhen salary at Napoli
- 9 Victor Osimhen market value
- 10 Does Victor Osimhen have a girlfriend?
- 11 Victor Osimhen houses
- 12 Frequently Asked Questions about Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen childhood
The Napoli striker was born Victor James Osimhen in Lagos, Nigeria, on 29 December 1998 to Patrick Osimhen and his now late wife. He hails from Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State, and is the last of six children.
Osimhen (which means ‘God is good') learned much of the football skills from his elder brother, Andrew. His parents moved to Lagos just before he was born, but life was hard for the family in his early years.
He hustled and hawked sachet water and other items to support his family. His elder brother dropped out from school to join the struggle and support the family, and in their spare time they played football along with friends in their neighbourhood.
Victor Osimhen early career
Osimhen started his career at the Ultimate Strikers Academy in Lagos, where he successfully underwent trial. Soon after, he was invited by coach Emmanuel Amuneke, to represent Nigeria’s U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets.
He got his first start in the U-17 team in a 2014 friendly match. In 2015, he was part of Nigeria's U-17 team which participated in the African U-17 Championship in Niger.
He scored two goals in his debut and he said one of his best goals was his second goal against Zambia.
He said the goal was very good because it was a solid reflection of what he had learned in training under coach Amuneke which is “accuracy first, before power.”
He also believed it was a great tournament because the team was able to achieve their objective of qualifying for the World Cup in Chile later that year.
Victor Osimhen rise to fame
The world did not know much about Osimhen until he scored an unprecedented 10 goals to help Nigeria emerge champions of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
After the U-17 World Cup, Osimhen caught the attention of English clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur.
But just after he was named Youth Player of the Year at the CAF Awards in Abuja in January 2016, he announced he would pursue his professional career at Wolfsburg in Germany.
He looked at what the German club offered and the prospects of developing his career there.
Osimhen signed a three-and-a-half-year deal until June 2020 and made his debut in the German top-flight in May 2017 as a substitute against Borussia Monchengladbach.
However, the Nigerian was plagued with injuries and lack of fitness at Wolfsburg. He never reached his full potential at the club, and was loaned out to Charleroi in Belgium.
Fortunately, the Super Eagles hitman exploded at Sporting Charleroi, scoring 20 times and earning a €12 million move to Lille.
He scored 18 goals for Lille in France in his first season, with his performances convincing then-Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso to bring the striker to Napoli. The Serie A club paid an initial €50 million to secure his services in 2020, and the rest is history.
Latest Victor Osimhen news
Despite talk about Osimhen being unsettled at Napoli and edging closer to an exit from the club, the 24-year-old has poured cold water on those reports – insisting he is happy at the club.
In a recent Twitch interview with Mario Balotelli and Emiliano Viviano, Osimhen said: “I am happy at Napoli. People don't know how difficult it is to play in Serie A. From a tactical and physical point of view, it's one of the most difficult leagues to play in.”
In addition to that, Napoli club director Mauro Meluso has also categorically ruled out a January exit for their star forward.
Osimhen nominated for 2023 Ballon d’Or award
After what was a memorable 2022/23 campaign for Napoli, Osimhen has been nominated for the 2023 Ballon d’Or award.
The award is one of the most prestigious individual awards in football. The nomination follows his outstanding performances in the just concluded season.
Osimhen played a starring role as he spear-headed Napoli’s Serie A title last season — which was the club’s first in 33 years.
The Super Eagles striker also scored 25 league goals to become the league’s highest goalscorer, also becoming the first African footballer to achieve that feat.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland are among the leading contenders to win this year’s men’s Ballon d’Or, while Super Falcons forward, Asisat Oshoala, was also named among the nominees for the women’s award also announced on Wednesday.
Victor Osimhen net worth
Victor Osimhen is estimated to have a net worth of $2 million. The Super Eagles hitman is the highest paid Nigerian abroad, with current club Napoli lining up a record salary offer to convince him to stay.
Should Osimhen sign the new contract, his net worth would rise substantially, just like his market value, which currently stands at €120m.
His stock has been on the rise ever since he helped Napoli win the Serie A. Many clubs from Europe and beyond have registered interest in the striker but none have succeeded in pricing him away from the Serie A champions.
Victor Osimhen cars
Victor Osimhen keeps his private life private. Although he does not share any of his cars on his social media accounts, Osimhen has been spotted with some expensive cars.
The exotic Mercedes G-Wagen, delivered in 2021 and costing N65,000,000, is part of the striker's car collection. Osimhen also owns a Rolls-Royce, luxury vans, and other beautiful cars.
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Victor Osimhen salary at Napoli
Osimhen is Napoli's second-highest earner with a salary of €104,808 (N51m) weekly, and €419,232 (N204m) monthly.
He earns €5m (N2.5bn) annually with the Italian champions, but it could change soon with Napoli lining up a massive contract for the striker.
Victor Osimhen market value
The 24-year-old Nigeria Super Eagles forward has managed to establish himself as one of the deadliest strikers in the world, winning the award for the Serie A Best Striker in 2023.
Victor Osimhen with his Best Striker of the Season award.
Serie A's poster boy this season 💫 pic.twitter.com/zU9fmFO0Hg
— Soar Super Eagles (@SSE_NGA) June 4, 2023
After recording the best performance of his career in the 2022/2023 Italian Serie A season, his market value has skyrocketed, with Napoli asking clubs to bid more than €150 million to sign the striker.
With top European teams on the lookout for strikers, it remains to be seen whether Osimhen will leave Napoli in a record-breaking move.
Does Victor Osimhen have a girlfriend?
Victor Osimhen has a girlfriend. He's currently dating a German lady named Stefanie Kim Ladewig.
The couple are understood to have met during Osimhen's playing days at Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.
We don't know the exact time the couple started their relationship, but what we do know is that Osimhen and Stefanie have been together since then.
They also have a daughter named Hailey, who was born in 2022.
Victor Osimhen houses
Victor Osimhen is believed to own properties in and outside Nigeria. However, at the moment, we don’t have a record of any yet.
Frequently Asked Questions about Victor Osimhen
Is Chelsea interested in Osimhen?
Chelsea is interested in signing Osimhen but Napoli's massive asking price has prevented the English club from making a move.
How rich is Osimhen?
Osimhen is one of the richest players in the Nigeria Super Eagles squad. He has a net worth of $10 million, but it will rise once he signs a new contract with current club Napoli.
How much is Osimhen's salary per week?
Victor Osimhen is the second highest-paid player in Napoli, with a weekly salary of £92,539
How many goals has Osimhen scored this season?
As at the time of writing, Victor Osimhen has scored six goals across all competitions for Napoli in the the 2023/24 season.
When will Osimhen return from injury?
Osimhen is currently on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury and is expected to return to action within three weeks.
How old is Osimhen?
Born 29 December 1998, Victor Osimhen is 24 years old.
Why does Osimhen wear a mask?
Victor Osimhen wears a mask primarily for protection. The 24-year-old underwent facial surgery after colliding with Inter Milan defender Skriniar in a Serie A clash in October 2021.
Is Osimhen coming to Chelsea?
Victor Osimhen remains of interest to a number of top clubs across Europe, including Chelsea. At the time of writing, Chelsea have not made an official bid for him.
How much did Osimhen cost?
Napoli paid Lille €70m for Osimhen in 2020, but the striker's selling price has now risen to €120m in 2023.
Who is the highest-paid in Napoli?
Piotr Zieliński was Napoli's highest-earning player in the 2022/23 season, with a weekly salary of €125, 000
Who is Napoli's best player now?
Kvicha Kvaratskhelia won the Most Valuable Player award for Napoli last season.
Who is Napoli's top striker?
At the time of writing, Osimhen is the best striker for Napoli and in Serie A.
This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago