According to NGNewsHub.com, Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen has reflected on his path to becoming a professional player.
The 22-year-old, who claimed he was cleaning gutters in Nigeria before breaking through as a footballer, is now one of the world’s most highly regarded strikers.
After a rough period with Bundesliga team VFL Wolfsburg, Osimhen found his feet at Ligue 1 club Lille before heading to Napoli.Osimhen: How Drogba Inspired Me To Become A Professional Footballer
In a YouTube interview with his colleague Paul Troost-Ekong, he commented, “It all started like a dream, a boyhood fantasy from the slum.”
“A lot of major legends like Didier Drogba, Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi, and others inspired me to become a professional player.”
“I feel like I’ve accomplished something; it’s one of my life’s greatest successes,” the former striker remarked.
“When I was younger, I used to clean the gutters for my landlord for 20 Naira, and I also did some cleaning jobs for my neighbors during my off hours, and I remember fetching water for 80 Naira.”
“I enjoyed doing these things because I feel that because I worked so hard to earn this money, it was vital for me to be careful of how I spent it and how I might help my family.”
“My brother sold newspapers, while my sister sold oranges. I was in the middle of the road with water and had to chase down automobiles and give them the water in order to get the money. These difficulties, I believe, have aided me throughout my life.
“What I’ve been through has formed me into the man I am today, and I’m grateful for that.” That is something for which I am truly grateful to God.”
When Wolfsburg recruited Osimhen from Nigeria’s Ultimate Strikers Academy in 2017, he moved to Europe.
After that, he played for Charleroi and Lille in Belgium and France.
Before joining Napoli on a permanent basis, he scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 team in all competitions.
During his first season at the Stadio Maradona, the Nigerian international scored 10 goals in 24 Serie A matches.
With seven goals in eight games across all competitions, Osimhen has had a strong start to the 2021-22 season.
In June 2025, his contract with the Partenopei will expire.