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Victor Osimhen eyes UEFA Champions league glory

Lille's Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen (L) celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Brest at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, northern France on December 6, 2019. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP) (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP via Getty Images)

Lille forward Victor Osimhen has been crowned the best African footballer in the French Ligue 1.

But the Nigerian striker does not feel that success as his own and hopes to lift the UEFA Champions League one day.

Three Nigerians have won the prestigious tournament – Kanu Nwankwo and Finidi George claimed ultimate honours after Ajax Amsterdam saw off AC Milan in the 1995 final in Vienna, while John Obi Mikel was among the Chelsea contingent that got the better of Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2012.

Osimhen – who is heavily linked with Napoli – also insisted he wants to play for a big club and also win trophies with the Super Eagles, where he has earned eight caps and scored four goals.

Among the aspirations I have for my career is to play in one of the most important clubs in the world, to win the Champions League, to win something with Nigeria. I want to win, I hope it is not too big a dream.” Osimhen said on Out of the Home Podcast.

The 21-year-old shone brightly for Les Dogues last season, scoring 18 goals in all competitions after arriving from Belgian club Charleroi.

Two of those goals came in the Champions League, in a 2-1 home loss to Chelsea and a 4-1 defeat at Valencia, with Lille finishing bottom of Group H with a solitary point.

Osimhen was the star of the Golden Eaglets side that won a record fifth Under-17 World Cup title in 2015, finishing as the tournament’s top scorer with 10 goals.

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