Victor Osimhen, a Nigerian footballer and Napoli star, has stated that he attributes his success as a footballer to a lot of pain, tears, and failures that have shaped him into the star player he is today.
In an interview with Nigerian sports content creator Oma Akatugba that was posted on Instagram on Monday, Osimhen said he had exceeded his personal expectations for his career and owed his success to God.
The Serie A top scorer so far in the 2022/2023 season said he faced many challenges on his way to the top, adding that many looked down on him and never expected him to achieve the level of success he is currently enjoying. He also expressed his delight at being able to demonstrate.
When asked if he had surpassed his target as a footballer, Osimhen said, “For me, more than a 100 per cent, more like a 1001 per cent, because I set a standard for myself, the kind of life I want to live and even when things were not going so well for me I kept on believing, dreaming, praying and working hard, doing all sorts of jobs before I went back to my real love, football.
To get to where I am today, I had to overcome numerous challenges. There was a lot of hate, backstabbing, and love. My success is the result of a lot of love, pain, tears, and failures. Many people didn’t think I’d make it; they said I’d be dead in two years. When two clubs in Belgium rejected me, I was mocked, but I never let it bother me.
“You either take it like they have said it or you prove them absolutely wrong. Thank you, God, for proving them wrong. I play for one of Europe’s best clubs, have been nominated for youth player of the year, and have won numerous personal awards for myself.
I consider this a huge accomplishment for me, given that I’ve overcome numerous life-threatening issues and am now doing quite well for myself.
That’s why, every morning, I thank God for everything, because if I hadn’t gotten to where I am now, I would have given a lot of people a reason to look down on me in my career. I’m succeeding against all odds, and I’ve triumphed over those who had written me off and wished me ill on my journey.
Osimhen is currently Nigeria’s top scorer in the five major European leagues and the highest goal scorer in the Italian league Serie A this season, with 14 goals in 16 matches played.
The 24-year-old striker for Napoli has been in excellent form this season, with three assists to his name.
He is also being linked with a summer move to Manchester United and is thought to be worth more than £120 million.