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Osimhen becomes costliest African player

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen’s humble beginnings from Olusosun, the Lagos area famed for its dumpsite, to the ambience of one of Europe’s oldest cities, Naples, famed for its wealth of historical monuments, is truly one of football’s Cinderella tales, reports ’TOSIN OLUWALOWO

On Friday, Napoli officially announced the signing of Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen from Ligue 1 side Lille on a five-year deal worth €81 million plus add-ons.

Aside from the mega-money move making Osimhen the most expensive African footballer ever, the forward, according to close sources, will earn a whopping €4.5 million annually – the highest-ever by a Nigerian footballer – as salary at the Italian giants.

The 21-year-old, now regarded as one of the hottest youngsters in global football – after a phenomenal rise in two seasons at modest Belgian side Charleroi and Lille – never had the best of beginnings while growing up.

Living in one of the many makeshift houses around the Olusosun dumpsite in Lagos, Osimhen and his family had a hellish time trying to cope with the environmental and health hazards posed by the dumpsite, noted for its emission of thick smokes, foul smell, and routine fire outbreaks.

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