Napoli, the reigning Serie A champions, have expressed their disapproval and disassociation from the production and sale of a Victor Osimhen doll.
The doll gained traction on social media due to its striking resemblance to the Nigerian striker, featuring his trademark hair and mask.
However, the doll is actually a modified version of the popular Cicciobello Bomber doll produced by Giochi Preziosi in Italy.
Media reports had initially claimed that Napoli and Aurelio de Laurentiis had authorized the doll’s production and planned to sell it later this month.
Nevertheless, Napoli has issued a statement clarifying that they never granted approval for the doll’s sale and vehemently oppose the false reports suggesting otherwise.
The club emphasizes that the doll is “unofficial” and emphasizes that it was not authorized by them.
Consequently, they have taken legal measures to protect their rights and interests.
Napoli has also announced their intention to pursue legal action against the well-known Italian toy store responsible for producing the unlicensed doll.
“With reference to the news, which appeared on numerous online information sites, relating to the imminent marketing of a children’s game called “Cicciobello Bomber” – a doll that reproduces the features of the player Victor Osimhen, portrayed wearing a uniform clearly referable to the shirt from the Club’s first team – the SSCN specifies that this is an unofficial product, the creation of which has not been authorized in any way by the Club,” Napoli said in a statement.
“The Company has therefore taken steps to protect its interests in the appropriate places.” the statement read.
The Nigeria international’s contract extension is currently in doubt and his relationship with the Serie A champions remains frosty.