Victor Osimhen: Where does Super Eagles star rank in top 10 best jumps in football?

Victor Osimhen's goal has earned a place as one of the highest jumps in football |Photo Credit: Imago/SkySportsItalia

Victor Osimhen: Where does Super Eagles star rank in top 10 best jumps in football?

Asukwo Oduo 08:43 - 07.05.2024

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has joined an elite company that includes Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic because of his aerial prowess.

Super Eagles of Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen found the back of the net again for Napoli with a fine header after receiving an inch-perfect cross from Matteo Politano.

Osimhen's 15th goal of the season put Napoli in front, but the former Lille man refused to celebrate after scoring against his compatriot Maduke Okoye, who was in goal for Udinese.

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The 25-year-old thought he had scored a second goal - a delightful finish, but he was flagged offside, and this proved costly for Napoli as Udinese drew level courtesy of a strike from another Nigerian, Isaac Success, in the dying seconds of the game.

Osimhen shows his aerial qualities

Last month, Victor Osimhen produced a jump that NBA players would have been proud of, when he rose highest to draw Napoli level against Monza.

Osimhen’s outstanding header against Monza wasn’t the first time the Super Eagles striker would display his aerial abilities.

Last season, the former Lille man broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s jump record of 2.56m when he leaped 2.58m in a 3-0 win against Spezia.

However, some other players in Europe have also shown their capablities when it comes to jump power. So where does Victor Osimhen rank in the top 10 highest headed goals?     

Ranking the top 10 best football jumps of all-time

Osimhen’s heroic 2.58m jump last season places him fifth on the list of highest jumps in football. 

The award for the best Serie A jump belongs to AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori who rose 2.61metres to score in May 2021 in a game against Juventus.

However, when it comes to jump power, no other players does it better that Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Manchester United forward appears 5 times on the list of top ten highest headed goals. 

One header that was widely cheered in the whole of Africa, was when Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri climbed 2.78metres to put Morrocco in front against Portugal in December 2022. 

It was a very significant goal as it ensured the Atlas Lions became the first African team to play at the Semi-final of a FIFA World Cup.     

Top 10 highest jumps in football

10. Ronaldo vs Wales in July 2016 – 2.42m

9. Ronaldo vs Osasuna in November 2011 – 2.44m

8. Ronaldo vs Torino in May 2019 – 2.47m

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs Inter in February 2020 – 2.53m (assist)

6. Ronaldo vs Sampdoria in December 2019 – 2.56m

5. Osimhen vs Spezia in February 2023 – 2.58m

4. Tomori vs Juventus in May 2021 – 2.61m

3. Bevis Mugabi vs Ross County in January 2021 – 2.62m

2. Youssef En-Nesyri vs Portugal in December 2022 – 2.78m

1. Ronaldo vs Manchester United in February 2013 – 2.93m