Life History of Victor Osimhen

Life History of Victor Osimhen

He sold “pure water” along ojota road in lagos state.

He lived in one of lagos biggest refuse dumps.

He dropped out of school to pursue his dream.

He was rejected by many clubs but today he has a whole stadium in Italy chanting his name.


He was barely 13 when he lost his mum and as if that wasn't enough, 3months after losing his mum,his father lost his job.

He was the last amongst 7 kids but that didn't stop him from hustling on the streets of Lagos at a young age alongside his older siblings.


His eldest brother sold newspapers, sisters sold oranges on the street while he hawked bottled water along ojota road in Lagos state.

He lived in one of Lagos state’s biggest refuse dump sites in Olusosun but that didn't stop the young boy from dreaming, in fact he dreamt big!

His father wanted him to become a doctor but he dropped out of school to pursue his own dream of becoming a footballer but his father still supported him.

He kept playing street football and was only a youth player of the then Ultimate Strikers Academy,but he never played.

In 2014 at age 16 he went for the Nigeria Under-17 team screening held in Abuja by coach Amuneke.

More than 2million players were in the Abuja stadium and they were both given 15mins to impress.

He scored 2goals in 15minutes but the tired Amuneke sent him away with the others.

But as they left, he heard Nigeria team doctor telling the coach Amuneke to try out "The guy on green"

Coach Amuneke turned and called out "The guy on green!!!", he turned because he wore green, ran back and the coach said, "You no dey chop?,why you lean like this, sit down!".

And that was how he got selected into the Under-17 WC team, he later went on to win the following;

• 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup

• 2015 FIFA U-17 Golden Boot (Highest Goal Scorer)

• 2015 FIFA Silver shoe award (Second Best Player)

Then the European big clubs came calling.

On January 5th 2017 he signed for the German club, Wolfsburg and was supposed to start living the life right? 

But it got tougher for him.

The coach that brought him to Germany got sacked and he got injured on his right knee and had to be operated 3 different times.

After surgery, he started training to get fit, while training he had a shoulder injury that needed another surgery.

After surgery he came back to Nigeria to be with his family and get fitter before returning to Germany. He got better and even went to church for thanksgiving.

He was about to travel back to Germany,he had his bags packed when he woke and found himself in a hospital bed in Lagos.

Wolfsburg thought he didn't want to come back for pre-season and asked for doctors report and pictures which he did.

He was diagnosed of malaria and typhoid.

He got better, traveled back to Wolfsburg and for 3wks he was quarantined away from the team.

Wolfsburg decided to loan him and he agreed because he wanted to play football, he even decided to play for the lower division of the German league but a top Belgian side came for him.

ZULTE WAREGEM in Belgium wanted him on loan, so he went to train with them, they tested him and found out he still had malaria but the coach told him to keep training.

For 3wks he trained, scored goals in training and the coach promised him, the club would sign him.

Finally an escape route but on the eve to the day he would be signed, his agent was called and told he wasn't needed again.

He went to Wolfsburg who relegated him to the Under-19 team to train so he could be fit to be loaned out later.

Whilst training, another club called.

It was the Belgian Champions CLUB BRUGGE, He was happy, went to Belgium  where he passed his medicals and the team doctor told him it's left for the club president to make the move official.

The deal was never made official as Club President turned down the deal.

He was broken!!

He went back to Germany where he would wake up by 4am to cry, he told his agent not to worry about any transfer again so as to allow him stay and fight for his place in Germany.

On a Wednesday morning, 5days to the closure of the European transfer market, he got another call.

It was a call from another Belgian Club, this time CHARLEROI FC, a voice introduced himself as the Club president and told him "Can you come to Charleroi, I want to sign you"

He left for Belgian on road with his agent and they spent 7hours, when he got to Belgian...HE GOT SIGNED

For a player that hasn't scored a goal in 2yrs of turning pro. He scored 20goals in 36 app for the club and later left to join French Club Lille.

He went to France and scored 18goals making him a fan favorite among the Lille faithful but that was just the start of his story.

Italian giants, Napoli FC broke their transfer record to make him the most expensive African player when they paid Lille $96M (N39.7Billion).

And he is currently led Napoli to the top of the Italian Serie A scoring 8goals in 9 games as Napoli remains unbeaten.


John Ogu called him a beast with a lion’s heart.

Odion Ighalo called him the crown Prince to the throne of Nigerian attackers.

He is one the hottest top prospects in world football at the moment


Now watch a fully packed stadium chant his name

Now he is no longer “The guy on green”, he is no longer the guy that lived on a refuse dump and hawked table water, we know his name!!!

He is Victor James Osimhen, one of the hottest strikers in world football.

His poor background made him dream

His challenges toughened him!!!

Your background is not meant to put you on the ground, it should be a stepping stone.

Your challenges shouldn't stop you, it should toughen and motivate you to come out better.

Your Dreams Are Valid!!!

Don't Ever Give Up On Yourself!!!

Don't Ever Give Up On Your Dreams!!!

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