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Pinnick: Victor Osimhen will break Maradona Napoli’s records

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Victor Osimhen is on the verge of becoming the most expensive Nigerian footballer ever, and a proud Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)President has boasted that the youngster would smash the legendary Argentine’s records in Naples.

Napoli’s £55m offer was able to secure the Nigerian youngster’s signature from Lille, amidst interests from various European powerhouses.

With the Nigerian forward on the verge of finalising his deal with Napoli, Pinnick said the youngster was capable of having the same impact Diego Maradona had with the Partenopei.

Maradona in seven seasons, scored 115 goals for Napoli – and guided the Italian club to two Serie A titles, one Copa Italia, Supercopa Italiana, and UEFA Cup respectively

But the NFF President told radiokiss, as quoted by Goal“I think Victor Osimhen is an excellent signing for Napoli,”

“I’ve followed them from when they had Diego Armando Maradona. Naples is a proud city and also in football terms. Osimhen’s a source of pride for African football. He’s someone who is disciplined but focused on objectives, and if he wants something, he knows how to get it.

“He made the right decision for his career. I already believe he’ll receive the right support from the club and its fans.

“Napoli are the right club for him to achieve important results, and Osimhen will always give his best.

“I’ll say it now: Victor will do everything possible to match and even break the records set by a legend like Maradona.

“I talked to Victor just a few minutes ago, he’s very excited about his new experience and new club.”


Osimhen had poached four senior goals for the Super Eagles of Nigeria – with the 21-year-old part of the Nigerian squad that won Bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

And across two seasons with Charleroi and Lille, Osimhen netted 38 goals

The NFF President added that Osimhen had given him his words that he would make the people of Naples proud.

“Napoli is a big name in world football. It’ll be a new challenge for him and he (Osimhen) told me: ‘President, I’ll make Naples proud’.

“If he gets the right support, I guarantee he’ll stick to his word and make you all proud. Believe in him and he’ll help the team achieve their objectives.

“I’ll come to Naples next season to watch some of their games. Osimhen is young and could stay at Napoli for a long time.

“As I already said, he’ll be playing for a great team and his quality justifies the investment made by Napoli, who believe in Victor’s huge potential.

“We’re talking about a player who won the [U-17] World Cup in Chile in 2016. I’ve already wished him all the best.”

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