Victor Osimhen of the Super Eagles broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s four-year record to become Serie A’s jump-king on Sunday, leaping 2.58 meters during Napoli’s impressive 3-0 win away to Spezia.
Osimhen accomplished the incredible feat when he scored Napoli’s second goal of the day against the Little Eagles at the Stadio Alberto Picco.
The Nigeria international has scored many incredible headers in his career, but the goal against Spezia was extraordinary and may go down as one of the greatest headed goals in football history.
After a scoreless first half, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia gave Luciano Spalletti’s side the lead from the penalty spot, before Osimhen added the game’s second with a remarkable effort in the 68th minute.
The 24-year-old produced a staggering 71cm leap and reached a height of 8.47ft (2.58m) – higher than the crossbar (8ft) – before heading past Spezia goalkeeper Bartłomiej Drągowski.
And according to Corriere dello Sport, Osimhen, with that jump, climbed to a height of 2.58 metres – a mark typical of elite NBA stars.
In doing that, Osimhen set a new Italian Serie A record, rubbing off the previous 2.56 metres mark set by Ronaldo for Juventus against Sampdoria in 2019.
It is also a new personal career high for Osimhen whose previous mark was at 2.52m set against Torino at the Diego Maradona Stadium last season.
The world record of 2.62m set by Ugandan defender Bevis Mugabi in the Scottish Championship in January 2021, however, remains intact.
Osimhen has now scored 16 in Serie A goals this season, the most he has ever managed in a single season in his career.
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