Victor Osimhen was dismissed for disobedience by head coach Luciano Spalletti in Saturday’s training session causing a little tension.
Osimhen lost his cool while the players were playing a game of tag between ranks in front of the fans at the Castel di Sangro camp. Osimhen believed Leo Ostigard had committed a foul.
The Nigerian player kept up his protests until Spalletti forced him to leave the pitch after Andre Zambo Anguissa tried to calm him down but failed.
“You are talking too much, go and have a shower”, the coach reportedly told Osimhen.
The fact that Osimhen continued his complaints even after leaving didn’t help calm the situation.
Victor James Osimhen, a striker for Serie A side Napoli and the Nigerian national team, was born in Lagos on December 29, 1998.
Osimhen, a Nigerian-born player, started his senior career in Germany in 2017 with VfL Wolfsburg. After spending a season and a half with the team, he moved on loan to Charleroi in Belgium in 2018–19 before joining Lille in France. Osimhen moved to Serie A team Napoli in 2020 for a club-record €70 million.
What state is Osimhen from?
Osimhen was born in Lagos to Edo State-born parents. Didier Drogba was his footballing hero when he was younger.
What did Napoli spend to acquire Osimhen?
Osimhen became the most expensive African transfer to date on July 31, 2020, when Serie A club Napoli announced his signing for a club-record sum of €70 million, which could go to €80 million with add-ons.
Osimhen scored his first goal for Napoli in a 4-1 victory over Atalanta on October 17, 2020. After winning, he held up a shirt that demanded a stop to the ongoing police brutality in his native Nigeria.
Why does Victor Osimhen wear a mask?
On November 24, during Napoli’s 3-2 loss to Inter Milan, Osimhen, 23, broke his eye socket. He suffered numerous facial fractures as a result of a head collision with Milan Skriniar at the San Siro.
Following the horrific injury, he had 18 metal screws and six plaques placed to stabilize his facial features.
Victor Osimhen stats
Victor James Osimhen is a forward who played a total of 1993 minutes in 27 Serie A games last season. Every 90 minutes Victor James Osimhen is on the field, he scores an average of 0.63 goals.
With at least three Serie A matches under his belt, Osimhen now ranks 8th out of 465 players in terms of attacking performance.
The Nigerian striker is ranked first on the Napoli team’s Top Scorers list with a total of 14 league goals scored so far this season.
- FIFA U-17 World Cup: 2015
- Africa Cup of Nations third place: 2019
- African U-17 Championship Golden Boot: 2015
- FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Boot: 2015
- FIFA U-17 World Cup Silver Ball: 2015
- CAF Youth Player of the Year: 2015
- UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month: September 2019
- Prix Marc-Vivien Foé: 2020
- Lille Player of the Season: 2019–20
- Serie A Best Young Player: 2021–22
- Serie A Player of the Month: March 2022