Serie A: Osimhen surpasses Maradona in new scoring record

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Victor Osimhen has bested legendary Diego Maradona’s record of scoring 16 times the last Napoli won the Serie A as the Nigerian hit his 17th goal of the season as the Naples-based club go 16 points clear on the table.

The Spalleti’s side thrashed bottom placed Cremonese 3-0 at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday. And inevitably, Osimhen was on the scoresheet again!

Georgian prodigy, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia opened the scoring in a magical style striking on his 22nd birthday in matchday 22 of the Seria A in the 22nd minute.

Osimhen got on the scoresheet with his easiest goal of the season after tapping Kin Min Jae’s short cross.

Substitute Elif Elmas wrapped up the scoring for Napoli off captain Di Lorenzo’s assist.

Osimhen already scored 17 goals this season with 10 games still left to spare. The Super Eagle will hope to add more to his tally as Napoli continue to push for their first Scudetto since the day of Maradona.

With the goal on Sunday, the Nigerian become the first Napoli player to score in six straight Serie A games since Gonzalo Higuain in 2015/16.

Osimhen is now just eight goals away from surpassing George Weah as Africa’s all-time scorer in Serie A.

The 24-year-old could also make history as the first African to win the Italian top-flight Golden Boot as he is currently the top scorer with 17 goals in 18 league games this campaign.

No player in Europe’s top five leagues has scored more in 2023 than Victor Osimhen (8).

Osimhen was presented with his Player of the Month (January) award during the pre-match. He also won the Goal of the Month award.

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