What the Italian newspapers say about Osimhen after the goal and the controversy with Napoli


Il Corriere dello Sport notes that the Napoli-Udinese match could be ‘a disaster’ for Victor Osimhe, while La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Nigerian star ‘never smiled’ but his performance was still positive.

The Nigerian scored a goal in Napoli’s 4-1 win over Udinese on Wednesday night.

All eyes were on the striker after his agent Roberto Calenda threatened legal action against the club over a TikTok video released after last week’s 0-0 draw against Bologna, seemingly mocking his client.

Osimhen started and scored against Udinese and allowed team-mate Piotr Zielinski to convert a penalty in the first half. Osimhen did not celebrate his goal but shook Garcia’s hand when he left in the second half.

The Nigerian received high praise from the Italian sports papers this (Thursday) morning even though he was not the best player at the Stadio Maradona.


Media such as La Gazzetta dello Sport, Tuttosport and Il Corriere dello Sport all rated Osimhe with a 7.

Osimheni “after three terrible days, he had the eyes of the world. He didn’t smile, but he was always in the game,” the pink newspaper wrote.

“He left the penalty kick for Zielinski but came back to score from open play.”

“He didn’t take responsibility for the penalty, but it was good,” added Il Corriere dello Sport.

“It could have been a disastrous night, but in the end it was more than positive,” was another headline.