“Africa needs another Ballon d’Or”: George Weah believes Osimhen can win award

The only Africa player to ever won the Ballon d’Or, George Weah has urged Nigeria striker Victor Osihmen to set the target of winning the prestigious award.

Osihmen has already made history by guiding Napoli to their first Serie A triumph after 33 years.

The 24-year-old has also broken Weah’s long-standing record as the African player with the most goals in the Italian Serie A, scoring his 47th in the game against Fiorentina last Sunday.

Despite his recent success, Weah – who won the 1995 European best award- in congratulating the striker urged him to go for more accolades and believes the Super Eagles attacker has what it takes to win the Ballon d’Or.

I want to admonish you not be contented. There are many more of my records for you to break. I wish you go on to achieve greater success.

“I watched your goal against Udinese when your 52nd -minute header won the Scudetto for Napoli. Your movement, your passion, your determination and hunger brought back many memories to me. I wait for your 100th Goal in all competitions in Italy so that you can celebrate (but don’t remove your shirt like I did or you will get a Yellow Card),” wrote Weah on Facebook.

“You have won one Scudetto. Great! When I won my first Scudetto with Milan, I said to myself, why one, why not two? I went on to win another Scudetto with Milan. I went on to win the Ballon D’or. So why not two or more for you Victor? The sky is your limit. With your dedication, commitment, humility, hard work, you can conquer the World. Africa needs another World Best. Africa needs another European Best. You Victor, can deliver that for us,” he added.

Osimhen is leading the goal king race in Italy with four games to end the season.

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