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Osimhen becomes N64m wealthier after Napoli’s 20th goal.

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After scoring his 20th goal of the year, Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen activated the goals bonus clause in his contract, obliging Napoli to pay him a bonus of €130,130 (N64m), according to PUNCH Sports Extra.

The Nigerian international made a goal in Napoli’s 2-0 Champions League round-of-16 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt to bring his season total for 2022/23 to 20 and earn the €130,130 incentive (N63.6m).

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The third and unquestionably greatest year of the Nigerian international’s five-year deal with the Neapolitans is currently underway.

After Napoli paid LOSC Lille €75 million and added a few players to the deal, the total cost rose to over €80 million in 2021, making Osimhen the most expensive African player in history.

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One of the specified objectives in Osimhen’s five-year deal required Napoli to pay him €130,130 if the Nigerian forward scored 20 goals in a season, which was one of the benchmarks that would enable Osimhen to earn more than his basic wage of €4.8 million (N2.3 billion).

Osimhen only managed to score 10 goals in the league during his first season in Naples before scoring 18 goals (14 in Serie A and four in the Europa League) in his second campaign.

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But during the 2022–23 season, a remarkable Osimhen tore through defenses and scored fantastic goals incredibly frequently.

Osimhen is the highest scorer in Serie A with 18 goals in 19 games despite missing a month due to injury. He now has 20 goals overall after scoring twice in the Champions League.

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The 24-year-old forward has scored in each of his previous seven Serie A outings, with his most recent goal coming in Napoli’s 2-0 victory against Sassuolo.

When asked earlier in the season if the bonus in his contract would drive him to score more goals, the U-17 World Cup champion and record top scorer said that his first priority was to help the team.

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“I’m thrilled since a strong start was crucial. We must have the same attitude as last year and get off to a great start. I’m not the kind of player to set goals; instead, I like to score goals that will benefit the team. I placed the group in front,” he declared.

If Osimhen can raise the total to 25 goals, he will be able to unlock a similar bonus, and given his current form, it is only a matter of when, not if, he will score five more goals.

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