Victor Osimhen: Where Nigeria Striker Stands Among Napoli’s All Time Top Scorers

Victor Osimhen: Where Nigeria Striker Stands Among Napoli’s All Time Top Scorers

Edwin Kiplagat
May 8, 2024 at 3:20 PM
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  • Victor Osimhen is likely playing his last season at Napoli
  • The Nigerian has delivered a Serie A title and many goals
  • The 25-year-old is in the top 15 of the club's record scorers

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Victor Osimhen has been scoring consistently for Napoli in the last four seasons.

The Super Eagles superstar has cemented his legacy at the club with last season's historic Serie A title.

He still has some way to go to become the club's all-time top scorer.

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Victor Osimhen celebrates after scoring against AS Roma. Photo by Cesare Purini/Mondadori Portfolio.
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Napoli are considered a big club in Italy, but they're a level below Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.

Before Osimhen led them to their third Serie A title in the 2022/23 season, Napoli experienced harrowing near misses in 2012/13, 2015/16, 2017/18 and 2018/19. They finished second behind Juventus.

When franchise players, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Kalidou Koulibaly left, many felt their window of winning the Serie A was shut. However, Osimhen had other plans.

He scored 26 goals in 32 games to help Luciano Spalletti's team win their first league title since Diego Maradona led them to glory in the 1989/90 season.

Osimhen is in his fourth season at the club and will likely leave at the end of the season. Those four seasons alone deserve a statue outside Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

How many goals has Osimhen scored at Napoli?

Osimhen joined the Italian side at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 in a deal worth more than 81.3 million euros, per BBC. He needed some time to settle.

Injuries limited him to 30 appearances in all competitions in his first season (2020/21). All his 10 goals that season came in the Serie A.

There was a significant improvement in the 2021/22 season. He bagged 18 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions. During that campaign, he sustained a career-threatening cheekbone injury, which forced him to wear a mask every time he played.

2022/23 is the best season of his career so far. He scored 32 goals in 39 appearances as his team lifted the Scudetti.

He became the first African to win the Serie A Golden Boot that season. Furthermore, his performances earned him the 2023 African Footballer of the Year award. He also finished eighth in the 2023 Ballon d'Or rankings.

This season, the former Wolfsburg star has 17 goals in 30 games. He won't defend his Golden Boot award, and his team's Serie A title defence crumbled early in the season.

In four campaigns with Napoli, the 25-year-old has 76 goals and 18 assists in 131 appearances for the club. That would place him 13th on the club's list of all-time scorers.

Conditions would have to be perfect for him to eclipse record goalscorer Dries Mertens, who scored 148 goals in 397 appearances.

Who are Napoli's all-time goal scorers?

Seven of Napoli's top 13 record goal scorers played in the 21st century. Mertens' 148 goals for the club were scored between 2014 and 2022.

Club legend, Lorenzo Insigne, bagged 122 goals in 434 appearances. Marek Hamsik rounds up the top three with 121 goals in a record 520 matches.

The late great Diego Maradona scored 115 goals in 257 appearances. The Argentine is, without a doubt, the best player to play for Napoli.

Three players, Edinson Cavani, Attila Sallustro, and Antonio Vojak, are the only other players to breach the 100-goal mark.

Careca, Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Altafini, Jose Callejon, and Giussepe Savoldi are ahead of Osimhen.

His minutes per goal (126) is the third best in the top 20 behind Higuain ( 121) and Cavani (111). If he stays at the club for a few seasons, he could become the club's record scorer.

All stats courtesy of Transfermakrt.

Comparing Osimhen to Maradona

Sports Brief earlier compared Osimhen and Maradona's first four seasons at Napoli after the Nigerian broke a record held by the South American.

Osimhen had more goals in his first four seasons, but the World Cup winner with Argentina had more assists.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.