Super Eagles and Napoli star, Victor Osimhen, has revealed how he performed menial jobs to survive before his journey into professional football.

The 22-year-old narrated how he used to do menial jobs like cleaning gutters and fetching water to survive.

He said, “Most people are familiar when I say this because they have come through even worse situations than mine and where I grew up, nothing is promised there because whatever you want to get, you have to work so hard for it”.

The international footballer said, “I remember when I was growing up, I was cleaning the gutters for 20 Naira, for my landlord and did some cleaning jobs for my neighbors close to my house, fetch water for 80 Naira, I think”.

He also expressed how important it was working for his money and helping his family, which, he said, was satisfying. He said he found pleasure in doing these things because he believed when he worked so hard to get money, it helped him have the consciousness on how to spend the money and help his family. “While growing up, my brother was selling newspapers, my sisters, oranges. I was in the traffic with water and I’d had to chase cars, give them water to get the money. I feel like these struggles helped me in life. I am grateful for where I am today because of what I’d been through. It shaped me into the man I am. I am really grateful to God for that”.

Victor James Osimhen plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national team. He is known for his composure and finishing and is widely regarded as one of the most promising and most in-demand African footballers.

Osimhen began his senior career in Germany at VfL Wolfsburg in 2017. Following a season and a half at the club, he moved to Belgian side Charleroi on loan in 2018–19, before moving to France at Lille. In 2020, Osimhen transferred to Serie A club Napoli for a club-record fee of €70 million.

Story: Sani Asma’u


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