It was July 2020 when Osimhen joined Napoli from French club Lille in July 2020 in a five-year deal that was reportedly worth more than $96m, although other reports put the figure closer to $80m.

His move to Italy came after a breakthrough year with Lille in 2019/20 which saw him win that season’s Marc-Vivien Foe award for the best African player in France’s Ligue 1, after he scored 18 goals in all competitions.

Osimhen is quick to play down reports that the huge fee weighed heavily on his shoulders at first, and is relishing his new status having completed his stratospheric rise from amateur to professional football in just six years.

" Of course I am happy to be among the most expensive African footballers in history,” he added.

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" I really want to get higher in the colours of Napoli. It was a childhood dream to become a professional footballer. I never knew this transfer or something this huge was going to happen.

" I just wanted to succeed in football, and do well for myself, take good care of my family and my few friends.”

As well as his goals in Italy, Osimhen has impressed for Nigeria this season, scoring once in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying win away to Cape Verde to take his tally to seven goal in 14 internationals.

Five of those came as Osimhen finished joint-top scorer in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying and he has since inherited the iconic number 9 shirt from retired Odion Ighalo.

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