The Sad Tale of Victor Osimhen Getting Snubbed Again as Kvaratskhelia wins MVP award

The Sad Tale of Victor Osimhen Getting Snubbed Again as Kvaratskhelia wins MVP award

Martin Moses
June 2, 2023 at 7:24 PM
  • Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has been declared the Serie A MVP of the season ahead of Victor Osimhen
  • Kvaratskhelia and Osimhen have been Napoli's leading lights and fans couldn't agree who deserves the MVP award
  • For Osimhen, getting overlooked after a prolific season is something he has undergone in the past

When the Serie A Twitter admin uploaded a graphic of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia getting crowned by the iconic Diego Maradona on May 6, he/she perhaps did not envisage the kind of backlash that would follow.

With over 11,000 quote retweets, the account got heat for snubbing Victor Osimhen's vital contribution to Napoli's first title in 33 years.

Victor Osimhen, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Napoli, Kelechi Nwakali, Serie A MVP
Victor Osimhen with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia on April 18. Photo by Matteo Ciambelli.
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Admittedly, both Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia played a vital role in Luciano Spalletti's plan and realisation of conquering Italy. The former scored the all-important goal that clinched the title against Udinese with five games to spare on May 4.

Osimhen is so far on 25 goals and four assists, while Kvaratskhelia has chipped in with 12 goals and 10 assists. The post by the Serie A account brought about fears that Osimhen might get snubbed in the Most Valuable Player of the season.

And got snubbed he did. Kvaratskhelia was officially declared the league's MVP on June 2.

But for Osimhen, getting snubbed after a prolific scoring season, sadly, won't be something new.

2015 U-17 World Cup

Let's circle back to 2015 when Chile hosted the sixteenth edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. A Nigerian side under the tutelage of the legendary Emmanuel Amunike headed to the South American nation with marauding talent keen to capture the world's attention.

Osimhen was flanked by Samuel Chukwueze(now at Villareal), Kelechi Nwakali(Ponferradina), among others. Osimhen ended up scoring in every game, even in the 2-1 loss to Croatia in the group stage, as the Golden Eaglets went on to win their fifth World Cup title.

They beat Mali in the November 8 final.

Nwakali vs Osimhen

In total, he scored 10 goals, six better than his closest challenger Johannes Eggestein of Germany. But surprisingly, those goals were not enough to land him the Golden Ball(player of the tournament) as FIFA's technical observers settled on Nwakali instead.

Well, respectfully, Nwakali made the Eaglets tick with his playmaking role. The right-footed player was exciting to watch throughout the tournament and for his efforts, he bagged three goals and three assists. A product of ASJ Academy, he captained his side to glory and afterwards, he attracted interest from the likes of Manchester City.

However, the bone of contention herein was; was Nwakali's contribution far much better than Osimhen's goals? What were the parameters used to settle on Nwakali? Could Nigeria have made it that far without Osimhen's goals? Or better yet, how could they have fared had Nwakali not been in the team?

At the end of the day, Osimhen got his Golden Boot and the Silver Ball but a huge chunk of fans remained disgruntled.

Now that Kvaratskhelia has pipped him to this season's MVP award, one can't downplay the feeling of deva ju all over again.

Why is Osimhen 'unfit' for MVP?

Which begs the question, what is about Osimhen that makes him so 'unattractive' for such awards? For this question, there can never be a right answer. The Serie A post last month was met with racial accusations from social media users. Sports Brief can't confirm these claims

However, fans often love themselves a charming player. A player who can get more than just goals. A player that can dribble, dictate play and pull off a couple of skills here and there. Sadly for Osimhen, he doesn't fit this profile. Put him in the box, get him the ball and he will get it at the back of the net - doesn't matter how unconventional.

Revives memories of how Erling Haaland was accused of scoring just tap-ins during his first few months in England.

Nwakali and Kvaratskhelia are the types of players who excite fans. The players who offer more than goals. But in a game of football, it is goals that matter. It doesn't matter how many nutmegs or successful take-ons you completed.

Don't get me wrong, Nwakali and Kvaratskhelia were equally impressive in their respective title hunts alongside Osimhen, but this here is just a case of Osimhen deserving it more.

Reactions from Serie A's Twitter post

Sports Brief previously reported on the war on Twitter, with the Lega Serie A Twitter under attack from Nigerians over controversial graphics posted on the account.

Victor Osimhen scored the goal that drew Napoli level against Udinese and delivered the Partenopei's first Scudetto since the 1989/90 season and their third ever.

The Nigerian scored 22 goals and provided four assists in 29 league games to help the team maintain a 16 points lead with five games to go.
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