Ighalo is Greater! Osimhen Dismisses Comparison with Former Eagles Striker

ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT - JUNE 22: Odion Ighalo of Nigeria curls the ball past JONATHAN NAHIMANA of Burundi to score the winning goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group B match between Nigeria and Burundi at Alexandria Stadium on June 22, 2019 in Alexandria, Egypt. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen says it’s disrespectful to compare him to Odion Ighalo in spite of his blistering start as the team’s new number 9.

Ighalo retired from international football after the 2019 AFCON, where he also finished as the tournament’s top scorer.


Osimhen was drafted into the team as Ighalo’s understudy, but it didn’t take the youngster long to hit the ground running.


The 20-year-old forward has now scored four goals in eight caps, including three in two AFCON qualifiers, to spark comparison with Ighalo.


”There is no comparison between me and Ighalo, what he has done for the national team is far from what anybody can compare me and him with,” Osimhen said.


”He is a legend like everyone of us are saying, I spoke to him about it and he gave me some candid advice which has been helping me, not just in the national team and also in my club.”


Osimhen stressed further that Ighalo is one of the few attackers he admire in the game and he will take him years to reach the Shanghai Shenhua striker’s level.


”For people to compare me and Ighalo, for me it is disrespectful to do such. He’s a great player of course, we know what he’s done with the pressure coming from left and right, he still kept his cool.


“Ighalo is a different player and there are some things I watch in his game and try to add into mine.


”He’s more experienced than me, I am still growing up, I am still trying to learn a lot so I think for me to be compared with him I don’t think it’s the right thing for now” He concluded


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