- Victor Osimhen has etched his name in Napoli's history books by delivering them the long-awaited Scudetto title in a thrilling [1-1] showdown against Udinese on Thursday, May 4, 2023.
The game at the Dacia Arena had all the drama and tension of a championship-deciding match. Napoli was desperate for a win after Salernitana had dashed their hopes of celebrating the title at the weekend. Still, Udinese was in no mood to play the role of gracious hosts, and they stunned Napoli with an early goal from Sandi Lovric after 13 minutes.
The Flying Donkeys defended with grit and determination, repelling wave after wave of Napoli attacks, and it seemed like the visitors' title party would be delayed again. But Napoli's determination to clinch the Scudetto was unwavering, and they kept pressing forward.
It was in the second half when Osimhen rose to the occasion, proving why he's one of the most lethal strikers in the game.
A Napoli corner caused chaos in the Udinese box, and the ball bounced around amidst a sea of bodies. Suddenly, it fell kindly to Osimhen, and the Super Eagles hitman struck a fierce finish into the back of the net to equalize for Napoli and send the traveling fans into raptures.
Osimhen's strike would incredibly be the goal that sealed the third Serie A title in history for Napoli.
The goal also saw him overtake Samuel Etoo as the African star with the most goals in a single league campaign in Serie A with his 22nd league goal this season.
The Super Eagles striker's heroic performance on the pitch saw him equal AC Milan great George Weah's record as the highest-scoring African player in the history of Italian top-flight with a tally of 46 Serie A goals.
Napoli's players, staff, and fans erupted in jubilation at the final whistle, with the joyous scenes continuing long into the night. Osimhen's name will go down in Napoli folklore as the hero who ended the club's 33-year wait for a Scudetto title.