Victor Osimhen’s recent achievement of becoming the most prolific African scorer in Serie A history has generated a lot of buzz in the football world.
Osimhen, who helped lead Napoli to their first Serie A title in over 30 years, surpassed the previous record of 46 goals set by George Weah, with a penalty in Napoli’s recent victory over Fiorentina, taking his total Serie A goal tally to 47.
Osimhen was elated when he spoke about his newly set record. “It is really amazing… for me to surpass him, for me it is a big honour, a big respect to him,” said the Nigerian striker in an interview with BT Sport. He also expressed his admiration for Weah’s legacy, stating, “He has put Africa on the map when he was playing here for AC Milan.”
In addition to his own pride, Osimhen acknowledged the impact of Weah’s achievements on African players, including himself and Weah’s son Timothy, who is Osimhen’s friend. “I want to say he has inspired a lot of African players and I am happy to surpass his record,” he said.
Despite breaking Weah’s record, Osimhen also emphasized his respect for the Liberian icon. “His son Timothy Weah is my very good friend, and I want to say he has inspired a lot of African players and I am happy to surpass his record. He will forever be a legend to me, and I am really happy about this feat.”
Overall, Osimhen’s achievement is not just a personal milestone, but also an inspiration for young football players in Africa and around the world. The Nigerian striker is proud to have made history and hopes to continue inspiring the next generation of players.