Didier Drogba, a Chelsea star, thinks Victor Osimhen can one day be the best striker in the world.
The Ivoirian, who scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea and also holds the record for most goals scored by an Ivorian national team player, thinks the 23-year-old will soon realize his or her ambition.
“I like him (Osimhen) a lot,” Drogba told Marco Giordano in an interview. Great striker, he can be the best in the world and when you have the talent like he’s got, I think it’s just a question of momentum.”
Recently, in an interview, Osimhen admitted to looking up to Drogba while growing up.
“I took Drogba as my role model while I was growing up, and that has been the guiding light, ” Osimhen said at a recent interview.
Osimhen has acknowledged that watching Drogba set the standard for the Blues of Chelsea as a young player had an impact on his own game, which is why he is where he is right now.
Osimhen added: “I think watching him a lot and the kind of mentality he has in terms of football has really helped me a lot to get to where I am today.”
Despite his goals for both the Super Eagles and Napoli this past year, the 23-year-old was snubbed by the Confederation of African Football for the Men’s Player of the Year award for 2022.
Osimhen scored 14 goals and recorded five assists in 27 appearances in the Serie A in the concluded 2021/2022 season.
His compatriot Moses Simon was the only Nigerian nominated by CAF that also has Mohamed Salah and Saido Mane who is the last man to have been crowned Africa’s best, back in 2019.
Others nominated for the award include Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez, Musa Barrow, Youssouf M’Changama, Edouard Mendy, Leicester City midfielder Nampalys Mendy, Saliou Ciss and Kalidou Koulibaly.
He also netted four goals and one assist in the Europa League for Napoli who finished third in Serie A last season with 79 points from 38 games.