Napoli And Nigeria Star Osimhen Speaks On Why Drogba Became His Idol

The Nigerian international was inspired by the Ivorian legend in fluencing his career.

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen shared the impact ex-Chelsea player Didier Drogba had on him.

The 21-year-old Nigerian left Lille for Partenopei for a lot of money and has garnered a lot of attention since then as he is expected to play an important role in Napoli's ambitions and goals this season.

Osimhen has often referred to Drogba, who achieved legendary status at Chelsea with 164 goals and 14 titles including a historic Champions League victory as the person he admired as a child.

Osimhen said an unidentified man who saw him train made comparisons between the two and told him to check out some of Drogba's videos online.

Osimhen said on the Napoli YouTube channel as cited by Sports Central: “I grew up watching Didier Drogba play, he was an example for me. “One day I was training and a man called me asking if I knew who I play like. He told me to go to YouTube and see Didier Drogba. “There I fell in love with his way of playing and the kind of person he is. From that moment, seeing Drogba play had a major impact on my game and helped me a lot.

Drogba's successes at Chelsea and beyond earned him the two-time African Footballer of the Year award (2006 and 2009), and Osimhen also has the desire to win the award as fellow Nigerians Nwankwo Kanu and Victor Ikpeba received the accolade too.

He continued: “My dream is to win the award for the best African footballer of the year. “I still have a long way to go and I am working towards this goal. I think I'm on the right path. It won't be easy, but, as a person, having a family would be a dream. But I still have a lot of things to do so I don't think about it now. “Football is the only thing on my mind now. I want to focus on this here in Naples. There are many expectations for me and I will do everything to live up to it.

Osimhen goes on to say that after his struggles at Wolfsburg, where his senior career began in 2016, he never thought of playing for Napoli but was plagued with injuries and lack of form.

He said: “For me, being here [at Napoli] is a dream that has come true. “If someone had told me three years ago that I was going to play in one of the most important teams in the world I would not have believed it. Because I had a hard time in Wolfsburg, I was rejected by two Belgian teams, then I was signed by Charleroi. My life was very stressful at the time. “About three years ago if someone had told me that I would have signed for Napoli it would have been impossible. Now I believe that nothing is impossible. I kept working and doing my thing and now I'm here. It is a dream come true and I am grateful for it.