Victor Osimhen scored Napoli’s second goal against Udinese on Wednesday evening after being chosen to start the Serie A encounter despite the player’s relationship with the club souring in the past 24 hours.
The Nigerian ended his four-game wait for a goal but made the decision not to celebrate his strike as he sought to make his stance on the ongoing feud with the Italian champions and their social media antics clear.
The usually emphatic celebrator instead adopted a mooted stance while team-mates ran over to congratulate him.
Osimhen has been the unsuspecting subject of chaos at the club that was kick-started after videos were posted on their TikTok account mocking the star in a bemusing turn of events.
The 24-year-old’s refusal to celebrate his goal is the latest act in a souring relationship after he also deleted photos of himself in the Serie A side’s shirt from his Instagram account.
The first ill-advised Tik Tok video posted on Napoli’s official account shows Osimhen appealing for a penalty, but using a strange sped-up voice with the caption ‘Gimme penalty please’ before he blazed the spot-kick wide of the post.
The second compares Osimhen to a coconut with criticism directed at the club labelling the video as having a racist motive behind it.
His 39th-minute strike doubled Napoli’s lead after Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski initially put the hosts in-front.
Osimhen was played through on goal by Italian Matteo Politano and kept his cool to finish with a powerful shot across the face of Marco Silvestri’s goal.
Osimhen was taken off in the second-half and shook manager Rudi Garcia’s hand – in different scenes to those at the weekend when he berated his manager upon being replaced.
The Napoli faithful packed out in the stands at the Diego Maradona stadium echoed their support for the troubled striker after his goal as they chanted his name while raucous cheers ensued.
Osimhen’s agent, Roberto Calenda, has suggested the player is considering legal action against his club over the now deleted videos.
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 was largely responsible for firing Napoli to the Serie A title last season as his 26 goals helped the club end their 33-year wait for the Scudetto.
His team-mate Khvicha Kvaratskhelia added a third goal for the hosts in Wednesday’s encounter before substitute Giovanni Simeone added a fourth late on.