16th October, 2021
Super Eagles and Napoli star, Victor Osimhen has opened up on his journey to becoming a professional footballer.
The 22-year-old striker, in an interview with his teammate, William Troost-Ekong, said while growing up, he did menial jobs like cleaning gutters, fetching water to survive.
“It all started like a dream, a boyhood dream from the slum,” Osimhen said about his journey to stardom.
“I wanted to become a professional player, inspired by a lot of big legends like Didier Drogba, Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi and many others.
“I feel like I have achieved this feat, it’s one of my biggest achievements in life,” the former Lille striker added.
“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.
“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 neighbours close to my house, fetch water for 80 Naira, I think.
“I found pleasure in doing these things because I believed when I worked so hard to get this money, it was important for me. I had consciousness on how to spend this money and help my family.
“While growing up, my brother was selling newspapers, my sister 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.”
Watch the interview here;