President of Liberia George Weah has sent his message of congratulations to Nigeria international forward Victor Osimhen for surpassing his goal record in the Italian Serie, OGN reports.
Osimhen overtook the legendary forward with his goal for Napoli against Udinese, the goal which sealed their first league title in 33 years. For Osimhen it was his 47th league goal in Italy taking him one ahead of Weah, who hold the record for the highest scoring African in the history of the league.
He reacted to the feat with a post on his verified handle on Twitter, praising Weah who also holds the record as the African to win the prestigious Balloon d’Or award. He mentioned him as one who inspired him while growing up.
‘While growing up, I have always admired the great achievements of so many African legends and his excellency Mr George Weah is one of them,” he wrote.
“An icon in the world of football and also a leader to his people. Someone who has motivated and inspired millions of young talents alike.
“Yesterday, it was a great honour breaking his record as the top-scoring African player in Serie A history. An achievement I will forever cherish. Mr George Weah has set a foundation of excellence for individuals like me to emulate and his legacy will forever be remembered.”
Touched by the word of Osimhen, Weah has now replied him with a post on his verified handle on Facebook, urging him not to relent in his quest to win more Serie A titles, win the UEFA Champions League and score more goals. He even encouraged him to have his eyes on winning the Balloon d’Or.
Below is the post.
Congratulatory Message To Victor Osimhen:
My heartfelt congratulations to you, Victor Osimhen! I am very glad that you have accomplished a major milestone in your football career, after scoring your 47th goal in the Italian Serie A league.
The records show that with this goal, which you netted on Sunday, May 7, 2023 when your team Napoli went against Fiorentina, effectively makes you the African with the highest scoring record in the Italian Serie A league – surpassing my own account of 46 goals.
I am so proud of your exploits and congratulate you on this remarkable achievement which is a result of your hard work, dedication and tenacity. I am also pleased with your kind words of honor in tribute to me upon reaching such a giant milestone.
However, 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)
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.
The records that I set were meant not as a challenge, but as a motivation to you and other African Players. We have the best of talents. You have to remain humble, tenacious and focused. Don’t be distracted.
There are many great African players in European leagues. They are already up against the hurdles of playing against many odds in leagues and stadiums so far away from home which present challenges for them; so to beat the odds and climb to the top is worth our commendation.
May you continue to surge forward. My prayers are with you. My blessings are also with you. I am rooting for you Victor!
H.E. George Manneh Weah
President of the Republic of Liberia