Napoli icon Osimhen explains why historic Serie A award is HUGE for him

Victor Osimhen with his Serie A best striker award.

Napoli icon Osimhen explains why historic Serie A award is HUGE for him

Izuchukwu Akawor 12:44 - 18.06.2023

Nigeria and SSC Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has revealed that it was not his target to make history by breaking a 125-year Serie A record.

Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen has reacted to his historic feat as the first African to win the best striker award in Serie A.

Osimhen is on top of the world and feeling good following an excellent season with Napoli that saw him break records.

Osimhen had a successful season last year with Napoli

The Napoli forward has described winning the best striker award in Serie A as a huge feat for him and his career.

Osimhen feeling good after historic award

The Nigeria Super Eagles striker was named the 2022/2023 Capocannoniere winner after an impressive season with Napoli.

Victor Osimhen was key as Napoli ended the long wait for Serie A title.

He scored 26 goals en route leading the side from Naples to their first Serie A title in 33 years.

He was subsequently named the league’s best striker for the season, becoming the first-ever African to win the award in Serie A’s 125-year history.

Osimhen reacted to a question from Pulse Sports Nigeria on the award during his time in Lagos.

Responding to the question, the 24-year-old described it as a huge one for him but quickly added that it was never his target.

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“It feels good, this is a huge one for me,” Osimhen said during a media timeout in Lagos.

“For me, it was not even my target (heading into the season). I just wanted to score more goals and as i used to say, i don’t set targets for myself when the season wants to start.”

Osimhen and Napoli
Victor Osimhen poses with the 2022-23 Serie A Best Striker Award/via Imago

“I just want to get as many goals as i can score. But of course, to see that it was becoming a reality to become the best (African) striker in the history of Serie A, then, i started to like put two things in my head - to win the scudetto first, the priority of the clubs, fans and also for me, then, secondly, to make history with this.”

Speaking further on his feat, Osimhen added that he feels good and happy with what he had achieved but believes records are there to be broken.

“I think for me, it has been an amazing journey, season and i am really happy about this and know very soon or years to come an African will break the record which is normal in football,” he added.

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