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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen breaks Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo record in his 197th game

Jack Kenmare

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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen breaks Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo record in his 197th game

Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has scored 100 career goals faster than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to name just a few.

The 24-year-old, who has scored 19 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions for Serie A leaders Napoli this season, found the net in their 2-0 win over Sassuolo on Friday night.

And that brilliant first-half strike against Alessio Dionisi's side was a momentous one for the Nigerian striker as he continues to be linked with big money move away from Gli Azzurri.

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After his goal against Sassuolo, the in-form Osimhen could officially celebrate a century of goals in his 197-game career so far.

To put that record into perspective, former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th goal after 301 games, while seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi netted his century after 210 games.

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Osimhen made his professional career at Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg in 2017, and soon enjoyed a loan spell at Belgian side Charleroi, where he scored 12 goals in 25 games.

He then flourished in Ligue 1 with Lille before establishing himself as one world football's deadliest strikers at high-flying Napoli.

So who has reached 100 goals quicker than Osimhen?

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PSG forward Kylian Mbappe managed to bag a century of goals in 180 matches and unsurprisingly, a certain Erling Haaland scored 100 goals in just 142 games during spells at Molde, RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.

It could be argued that Osimhen is in the same bracket as Mbappe and Haaland when it comes to goal scoring.

He's bagged in seven straight Serie A games for Napoli, who sit 18 points ahead of second place Inter Milan in the standings, and has 15 goals in 22 appearances for national side Nigeria.

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Long time admirers Manchester United, meanwhile, have been told they would need to pay at least £89 million to land the Nigeria international, according to ESPN.

The price, however, may come as a boost to United fans who were originally informed that he would cost around £130 million, although competition from other top European clubs could increase the fee.

Thoughts on Osimhen's form of late? Do you think he would flourish in the Premier League?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Victor Osimhen, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Napoli, Serie A

Jack Kenmare
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