‘How sad to vote for yourself’
By Ed Emeanua
Contrasting reactions have greeted Victor Osimhen’s Gran Galà del Calcio recognition as the star forward of the 2022-2023 Serie A campaign.
The Napoli forward was named Monday in the Italian prima league’s eleven alongside six other teammates. At the end of the exercise, a constellation of fans’ mixed reaction trailed the Nigerian’s most recent accomplish in the Italian league.
Che tristezza votare per se stessi, “How sad to vote for yourself,” fumed a bewildered fan who goes by the name Trifolao, after Osimhen revealed that he voted for himself at the award trickled.
Another fan-Mabrosino, could not hold back his perturbance of the Neapolitan forward’s poor of Italian assimilation noting rhetorically that: 3 anni in Italia neanche una parola in italiano, “Three years in Italy not even a word in Italian.”
During the Gala, the Napoli striker said he voted for himself as the Serie A Player of the Season, just as Hakan Calhanoglu selected Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Nicolò Barella opted for his Azzurri teammate Giovanni Di Lorenzo.
Monday’s grand football gala was on the auspices of the Italian Association of Footballers, to allow the stars of Serie A to get recognition for awards for the 2022-23 season.
The event is exemplary as it allows footballers’ votes select awardees, and players picked in the Team of the Year were later required to reveal who they voted for in the Best Serie A Player of 2022-23 category.
AC Milan ended up with the joint second-most chosen players in the Team of the Year with three stars (same as their city rivals Inter), while Napoli had five as they were the runaway Scudetto champions at the end of the term.
The full XI: Maignan; Di Lorenzo, Kim Min-jae, Bastoni, Theo Hernández; Lobotka, Çalhanoğlu, Barella; Leão, Kvaratskhelia, Osimhen.
The Rossoneri had Mike Maignan in goal, just as Theo Hernandez was named in the defense and Rafael Leão in the attack.
Osimhen owned up that he had voted for himself, as Inter player Calhanoglu humorously asked for the Nigerian forward’s forgiveness disclosing that he had picked his teammate Kvaratskhelia.
Inter and Italy star Barella was the only one who selected neither Osimhen nor Kvaratskhelia, but opted for his fellow Italian Di Lorenzo instead.