Osimhen: Super Eagles Star Joins Haaland, Mbappe in Exclusive UEFA Champions League Record Chart

Osimhen: Super Eagles Star Joins Haaland, Mbappe in Exclusive UEFA Champions League Record Chart

Ero Samson
updated at February 23, 2024 at 11:26 AM
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  • Victor Osimhen has been in blistering form since the start of last season
  • The Nigerian forward found the back of the net in the UCL clash against Barcelona
  • The Napoli star has joined Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe on the goal record chart

Victor Osimhen's remarkable goalscoring form, which he has become synonymous with in recent times, was on full display as he netted a crucial goal in the UEFA Champions League clash against Barcelona.

The Napoli forward, whose stock has skyrocketed since the beginning of the 2022-23 season, was pivotal in securing a vital draw for the somewhat lacklustre Francesco Calzona side.

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Victor Osimhen during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between SSC Napoli and FC Barcelona at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Image: Jonathan Moscrop. Source: Getty Images
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The 25-year-old, who played a significant role in Nigeria's journey to the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, scored his ninth goal of the season by outmanoeuvring Blaugrana defender, Inigo Martinez, before unleashing a clinical strike from the edge of the box.

While Osimhen’s strike was rapturously celebrated by fans of Napoli, it also ensured the forward etched his name into the competition’s record books.

Osimhen makes UCL record

According to data from Tutto Mercato, Osimhen's goal against Barcelona marked his sixth Champions League goal for Napoli at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

This achievement places him third for the most home goals scored by any player in the competition over the last two seasons, behind Manchester City's Erling Haaland with 12 goals and Kylian Mbappe with nine.

Additionally, the goal against Barcelona saw the Nigerian striker equal club legend, Lorenzo Insigne, for the most goals scored by a Napoli player in the Champions League.

The 25-year-old is now just behind Dries Mertens, who scored 11 UCL goals at the Maradona during his time with Napoli.

Osimhen will undoubtedly be aiming to replicate his exceptional form as Napoli prepares to face off against Barcelona at the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium in the second leg of the tie.

Arsenal icon advises Osimhen

Sports Brief in another report stated that Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, advised Osimhen to steer clear of a certain Premier League club.

The Nigerian forward appears to be on track to leave Napoli in the summer transfer window, with a flurry of elite clubs, including French club, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea, vying for the signature of the talismanic forward.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).