2023-09-29 · 2 min read · UEFA Champions League/Soccer
Victor Osimhen

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Earlier this year, Victor Osimhen led Napoli to the promise land, capturing its first Serie A title since 1990, but he's now facing a potential legal battle with the club. Osimhen's agent said his client is reserving "the right to take legal action" against Napoli following the release of a now-deleted TikTok video by the club that seemingly mocked the star striker.
The TikTok video featured a clip of Osimhen's missed penalty kick from Napoli's match against Bologna on Sunday with an odd, sped-up voice dubbed over the top. The timing of the post was particularly interesting, considering Osimhen had a tense exchange with manager Rudi Garcia when he was substituted off with four minutes left in Sunday's match, which ended in a scoreless draw.
Osimhen's agent, Roberto Calenda, wrote in a statement on X (Twitter):
"What happened today on Napoli's official profile on the TikTok platform is not acceptable. A video mocking Victor was first made public and then, but now belatedly, deleted. A serious fact that causes very serious damage to the player and adds to the treatment that the boy is suffering in the last period between media trials and fake news. We reserve the right to take legal action and any useful initiative to protect Victor."
Osimhen has deleted almost all pictures of himself in the team's shirt from his social media accounts since the video was posted.
The 24-year-old Nigerian scored 31 goals across all competitions for Napoli last season. His contract is set to expire in the summer of 2025 and he has not signed a new deal after reportedly garnering interest from Manchester United and Chelsea this year. Champions Napoli have struggled out of the gate this season in the Serie A, sitting seventh in the table and having already trailed for more minutes than they did all of last season. Upsetting your world-class striker by making fun of him on your club’s social media accounts surely will not help their cause.
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