Osimhen can become Africa’s next Ballon d’Or winner — Weah

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Liberia President George Weah has sent a congratulatory message to Nigeria international Victor Osimhen after the striker guided Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years and becoming the African with the most goals scored in the Italian topflight, a record owned by former AC Milan striker Weah, The PUNCH reports.

Weah’s record was equalled by Osimhen after the Nigerian netted an equaliser against Udinese last Thursday to help Napoli end their long wait for the Scudetto title. He then claimed the record outrightly after scoring the only goal in their hard-fought win over Fiorentina on Sunday.

The Napoli striker on Monday, in a post on his Twitter handle, said he was delighted to have broken Weah’s record of highest-scoring African player in the Italian topflight.

In response to the message, the 56-year-old, a legend of African football, who also holds the record of the only African to have won the Ballon d’Or, urged the Napoli marksman not to rest on his oars.

“My heartfelt congratulations to you, Victor Osimhen! I am very glad that you have accomplished a major milestone in your football career, after scoring your 47th goal in the Italian Serie A league,” Weah wrote on his verified Facebook page.

“The records show that with this goal, which you netted on Sunday, May 7, 2023 when your team Napoli went against Fiorentina, effectively makes you the African with the highest scoring record in the Italian Serie A league – surpassing my own account of 46 goals.

“I am so proud of your exploits and congratulate you on this remarkable achievement, which is a result of your hard work, dedication and tenacity. I am also pleased with your kind words of honour in tribute to me, upon reaching such a giant milestone.

“However, I want to admonish you not to be content. There are many more of my records for you to break. I wish you to go on to achieve greater success.

“I watched your goal against Udinese when your 52nd minute header won the Scudetto for Napoli. Your movement, your passion, your determination and hunger brought back many memories to me. I wait for your 100th goal in all competitions in Italy, so that you can celebrate (but don’t remove your shirt like I did or you will get a yellow card).

“You have won one Scudetto. Great! When I won my first Scudetto with Milan, I said to myself, ‘why one, why not two?’ I went on to win another Scudetto with Milan. I went on to win the Ballon D’or. So, why not two or more for you Victor?”

Weah added, “The sky is your limit. With your dedication, commitment, humility, hard work, you can conquer the world. Africa needs another world’s best. Africa needs another European Best. You Victor, can deliver that for us.

“The records that I set were meant not as a challenge, but as a motivation to you and other African Players. We have the best of talents.You have to remain humble, tenacious and focused. Don’t be distracted.