Here are five notable records that Victor Osimhen, a forward for Napoli and the Super Eagles, set during the Serie A season of 2022–2023.
To say Victor Osimhen has had arguably one of the best seasons of his career in the 2022/2023 season is no understatement, and here are five different records the Super Eagles of Nigeria forward has manage to set for Nigeria and Africa as a whole in the Serie A.
Victor Osimhen had been an integral part of Napoli winning the Serie A scudetto for the first time in 33 years as the striker proved to be an all-important differential for Napoli in his third season at the club following his move from Lillie, estimated at over 80 million euros.
What Records Did Victor Osimhen Set In The Serie A?
First African To Win The Golden Boot In The Serie A For Most Goals Scored
Victor Osimhen, the Nigerian forward, etched his name in history as he clinched the prestigious golden boot award for his remarkable feat of scoring an astonishing 26 goals in the 2022/2023 Serie A season for Napoli.
With this, he became the first and only African player to ever receive this incredible achievement, as the Nigerian forward in every match he featured in for Napoli showed how lethal and dangerous he was in front of goal.
First African To Win The Best Overall Striker Award
In addition to his golden boot achievement, the Super Eagles of Nigeria striker also became the first Nigerian and African football star to pick up the best overall striker award for the 2022/2023 season.
Victor Osimhen joined the esteemed company of legendary players, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Ciro Immobile, to receive the best overall striker award.
Osimhen’s conversion rate for Napoli in the 2022/2023 season is what many would say is unreal for a striker; throughout the season, he showcased his prowess by netting an impressive 26 goals in just 32 matches, alongside contributing 4 assists.
The Highest African Goalscorer Of All Time In The Serie A
Victor Osimhen became the highest African goalscorer of all time in Serie A following his all-important and decisive goal for Napoli in the fixture against Florentina. The record was previously held by George Weah of Liberia, who, during his spell, scored 46 goals in the league.
Osimhen’s place as one of the most prolific and significant African attackers to play in Serie A is further cemented by this outstanding accomplishment, which will forever leave its mark on the esteemed league.
Most Goals Scored By An African Player In A Single Serie A Season
Victor Osimhen passed a noteworthy milestone previously held by the famous African star Samuel Eto’o following his incredible and outstanding performance in the 2022/2023 Serie A season. Eto’o’s record for the most goals scored by an African player in a single Serie A season was broken by Osimhen’s remarkable season total of 26 goals for Napoli.
Only Players To Win The Serie A Title And Golden Boot In The Same Season
Victor Osimhen joined Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the only players to win both the golden boot and the Scudetto in the same season. The Nigerian star picked up the golden boot after scoring 26 goals in the 2022/2023 season and also the Serie A title for Napoli for the first time in 33 years.
He expressed his excitement about this achievement in a post that read:
“The fans lifted us up, kept encouraging us, and reminding us of the greatness we were capable of achieving. Not only that, I emerged as the best striker of the Serie A 2022-2023 season, which makes me the first African player ever to win the golden boot in the league history and first player to combine this achievement with the Scudetto since 2009.This gives me so much joy and i am incredibly humbled to have achieved these.